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Chapter 13

1A wise son loves correction, but the senseless one heeds no rebuke.

2From the fruit of his words a man eats good things, e Prv 12, 14; 18, 20 . but the treacherous one craves violence.

3He who guards his mouth protects his life; to open wide one's lips brings downfall. f Prv 18, 7; 21, 23 .

4The soul of the sluggard craves in vain, but the diligent soul is amply satisfied.

5Anything deceitful the just man hates, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.

6Virtue guards one who walks honestly, but the downfall of the wicked is sin. g Prv 11, 3. 5f .

7One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

8A man's riches serve as ransom for his life, but the poor man heeds no rebuke.

9The light of the just shines gaily, but the lamp* of the wicked goes out. h Prv 24, 20 .

10The stupid man sows discord by his insolence, but with those who take counsel is wisdom.

11Wealth quickly gotten dwindles away, but amassed little by little, it grows. i Prv 28, 20. 22 . 12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a wish fulfilled is a tree of life.

13He who despises the word* must pay for it, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that a man may avoid the snares of death.

15Good sense brings favor, but the way of the faithless is their ruin.

16The shrewd man does everything with prudence, but the fool peddles folly.

17A wicked messenger brings on disaster, but a trustworthy envoy is a healing remedy.

18Poverty and shame befall the man who disregards correction, but he who heeds reproof is honored.

19Lust indulged starves the soul, but fools hate to turn from evil.

20Walk with wise men and you will become wise, but the companion of fools will fare badly. j Sir 6, 34; 8, 8. 17 .

21Misfortune pursues sinners, but the just shall be recompensed with good.

22The good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the just.

23A lawsuit devours the tillage of the poor, but some men perish for lack of a law court.

24He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him takes care to chastise him. k Prv 19, 18; 22, 15; 23, 13f; 29, 15; Sir 30, 1. 8–13 .

25When the just man eats, his hunger is appeased; but the belly of the wicked suffers want.

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