Proverbs 13 – New International Version (NIV)

  1. A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.
  2. From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.
  3. Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
  4. A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
  5. The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.
  6. Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
  7. One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
  8. A person’s riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.
  9. The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.
  10. Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
  11. Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
  12. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
  13. Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.
  14. The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.
  15. Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.[a]
  16. All who are prudent act with[b] knowledge,but fools expose their folly.
  17. A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.
  18. Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.
  19. A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.
  20. Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
  21. Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things.
  22. A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
  23. An unplowed field produces food for the poor, but injustice sweeps it away.
  24. Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
  25. The righteous eat to their hearts’ content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.


a. Proverbs 13:15 Septuagint and Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
b. Proverbs 13:16 Or prudent protect themselves through

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Proverbs 13 – King James Version (KJV)

  1. A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: But a scorner heareth not rebuke.
  2. A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: But the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
  3. He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: But he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
  4. The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: But the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
  5. A righteous man hateth lying: But a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
  6. Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: But wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
  7. There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: There is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
  8. The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: But the poor heareth not rebuke.
  9. The light of the righteous rejoiceth: But the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
  10. Only by pride cometh contention: But with the well advised is wisdom.
  11. Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: But he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
  12. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: But when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
  13. Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: But he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
  14. The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To depart from the snares of death.
  15. Good understanding giveth favour: But the way of transgressors is hard.
  16. Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: But a fool layeth open his folly.
  17. A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: But a faithful ambassador is health.
  18. Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: But he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
  19. The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: But it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
  20. He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: But a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
  21. Evil pursueth sinners: But to the righteous good shall be repaid.
  22. A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: And the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
  23. Much food is in the tillage of the poor: But there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
  24. He that spareth his rod hateth his son: But he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
  25. The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: But the belly of the wicked shall want.