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Proverbs 13

Walk with the Wise

1Intelligent children listen to their parents; foolish children do their own thing.

2The good acquire a taste for helpful conversation;

bullies push and shove their way through life.

3Careful words make for a careful life;

careless talk may ruin everything.

4Indolence wants it all and gets nothing;

the energetic have something to show for their lives.

5A good person hates false talk;

a bad person wallows in gibberish.

6A God-loyal life keeps you on track;

sin dumps the wicked in the ditch.

7A pretentious, showy life is an empty life;

a plain and simple life is a full life.

8The rich can be sued for everything they have,

but the poor are free of such threats.

9The lives of good people are brightly lit streets;

the lives of the wicked are dark alleys.

10Arrogant know-it-alls stir up discord,

but wise men and women listen to each other's counsel.

11Easy come, easy go,

but steady diligence pays off.

12Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,

but a sudden good break can turn life around.

13Ignore the Word and suffer;

honor God's commands and grow rich.

14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,

so, no more drinking from death-tainted wells!

15Sound thinking makes for gracious living,

but liars walk a rough road.

16A commonsense person lives good sense;

fools litter the country with silliness.

17Irresponsible talk makes a real mess of things,

but a reliable reporter is a healing presence.

18Refuse discipline and end up homeless;

embrace correction and live an honored life.

19Souls who follow their hearts thrive;

fools bent on evil despise matters of soul.

20Become wise by walking with the wise;

hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.

21Disaster entraps sinners,

but God-loyal people get a good life.

22A good life gets passed on to the grandchildren;

ill-gotten wealth ends up with good people.

23Banks foreclose on the farms of the poor,

or else the poor lose their shirts to crooked lawyers.

24A refusal to correct is a refusal to love;

love your children by disciplining them.

25An appetite for good brings much satisfaction,

but the belly of the wicked always wants more.