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Other Versions12  12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. 2A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of evil devices he condemns. 3No one is established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved. 4An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones. 5The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 6The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright delivers them. 7The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand. 8A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of twisted mind is despised. 9Better to be lowly and have a servant than to play the great man and lack bread. 10Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. 11Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense. 12Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers, but the root of the righteous bears fruit. 13An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble. 14From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him. 15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. 16The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. 17Whoever speaks[1] the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit. 18There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. 20Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy. 21No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble. 22Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight. 23A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly. 24The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor. 25Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. 26One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,[2] but the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.[3] 28In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

[1] Hebrew breathes out  [2] Or The righteous chooses his friends carefully  [3] Or but diligence is precious wealth

13 13:1 A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 2From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. 3Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. 4The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. 5The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame[4] and disgrace. 6Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked. 7One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. 8The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat. 9The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out. 10By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom. 11Wealth gained hastily[5] will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. 12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. 13Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded. 14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. 15Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.[6] 16In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly. 17A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing. 18Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored. 19A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools. 20Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. 21Disaster[7] pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good. 22A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. 23The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice. 24Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.[8] 25The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.

[4] Or stench  [5] Or by fraud  [6] Probable reading (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate); Hebrew is rugged, or is an enduring rut  [7] Or Evil  [8] Or who loves him disciplines him early

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