1A wise son listens to his father’s advice, but a proud son will not listen to correction.
2People get good things for the words they say, but those who cannot be trusted say only bad things.
3People who are careful about what they say will save their lives, but those who speak without thinking will be destroyed.
4Lazy people always want things but never get them. Those who work hard get plenty.
5Good people hate lies, but the wicked do evil, shameful things.
6Goodness protects honest people, but evil destroys those who love to sin.
7Some people pretend they are rich, but they have nothing. Others pretend they are poor, but they are really rich.
8The rich might have to pay a ransom to save their lives, but the poor never receive such threats.
9The light of those who do right shines brighter and brighter, but the lamp of the wicked becomes darker and darker.#13:9 Or “The light of those who do right is happy; the lamp of the wicked goes out.”
10Pride causes arguments, but those who listen to others are wise.
11Money gained by cheating others will soon be gone. Money earned through hard work will grow and grow.
12Hope that is delayed makes you sad, but a wish that comes true fills you with joy.
13Those who reject a command hurt themselves; those who respect a command will be rewarded.
14The teaching of the wise is a source of life; their words will save you from deadly traps.
15People like a person with good sense, but life is hard for someone who cannot be trusted.
16Wise people always think before they do anything, but fools show how stupid they are by what they do.
17Disaster will catch up to the wicked messenger, but a runner who can be trusted will bring peace.
18If you refuse to learn from your mistakes, you will be poor, and no one will respect you. If you listen when you are criticized, you will be honored.
19People are happy when they get what they want. But stupid people want nothing but evil, and they refuse to change.
20Be friends with those who are wise, and you will become wise. Choose fools to be your friends, and you will have trouble.
21Trouble chases sinners wherever they go, but good things happen to good people.
22It is good to have something to pass down to your grandchildren. But wealth hidden away by sinners will be given to those who live right.
23The poor might have good land that produces plenty of food, but bad decisions can take it away.#13:23 Or “The fields of the poor might produce plenty of food, but the unjust often take it away.”
24If you don’t correct your children, you don’t love them. If you love them, you will be quick to discipline them.
25Good people will have plenty to eat, but the wicked will go hungry.