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13 A wise son hears his father’s instruction,

but qa scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

From the fruit of his mouth a man reats what is good,

but the desire of the treacherous sis for violence.

tWhoever guards his mouth preserves his life;

uhe who opens wide his lips vcomes to ruin.

wThe soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,

while the soul of the diligent xis richly supplied.

The righteous hates falsehood,

but the wicked brings shame1 and disgrace.

yRighteousness guards him whose zway is blameless,

but sin overthrows the wicked.

aOne pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;

banother pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,

but a poor man chears no threat.

dThe light of the righteous rejoices,

but ethe lamp of the wicked will be put out.

10  fBy insolence comes nothing but strife,

but with those who take advice is wisdom.

11  gWealth gained hastily2 will dwindle,

but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

12  Hope deferred makes the heart sick,

hbut a desire fulfilled is ia tree of life.

13  Whoever jdespises kthe word brings destruction on himself,

but he who reveres the commandment will be lrewarded.

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

that one may nturn away from the snares of death.

15  oGood sense wins pfavor,

but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.3

16  qIn everything the prudent acts with knowledge,

rbut a fool flaunts his folly.

17  A wicked messenger falls into trouble,

but sa faithful envoy brings healing.

18  Poverty and disgrace come to him who tignores instruction,

ubut whoever vheeds reproof is honored.

19  wA desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,

but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.

20  Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,

but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

21  xDisaster4 pursues sinners,

ybut the righteous are rewarded with good.

22  zA good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,

but athe sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.

23  The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food,

but it is swept away through binjustice.

24  cWhoever spares the rod hates his son,

but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.5

25  dThe righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,

but the belly of the wicked suffers want.

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The English Standard Version™ is founded on the conviction that the words of the Bible are the very words of God. And because the words themselves—not just the thoughts or ideas—are inspired by God, each word must be translated with the greatest precision and accuracy. As Jesus Himself stressed, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4).

This passion for God’s Word is the driving force behind the translation of the ESV™ Bible. The English Standard Version™ does not try to “improve” on the original in light of today’s culture or by using trendy language. Instead, the utmost care has been taken to express God’s Word in English that most closely captures the meaning of the original, with understandability, beauty, and impact.

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The English Standard Version™ is founded on the conviction that the words of the Bible are the very words of God. And because the words themselves—not just the thoughts or ideas—are inspired by God, each word must be translated with the greatest precision and accuracy. As Jesus Himself stressed, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4).

This passion for God’s Word is the driving force behind the translation of the ESV™ Bible. The English Standard Version™ does not try to “improve” on the original in light of today’s culture or by using trendy language. Instead, the utmost care has been taken to express God’s Word in English that most closely captures the meaning of the original, with understandability, beauty, and impact.

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