Proverbs chapter 13

13:1

A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.

A wise man is always willing to learn, a fool thinks he knows everything already.
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13:2
From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.
The fool uses his mouth to condone violence, while the wise man uses his mouth to spread kindness, which in turn comes back to them both.
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13:3
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
Watch your mouth, and you will bring no trouble upon yourself.  Don't and you will pay the price for your hard words.
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13:4
A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
A sluggard is a lazy man who always wants more but is never satisfied.   The diligent is a hard worker who gets what he needs by virtue of his hard work.
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13:5
The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.
The righteous live the truth and remain blameless.  The evil man brings blame upon himself.
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13:6
Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

Without blame, you have nothing to worry about.  With blame, you have everything to worry about.

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13:7
One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
One person pretends to be rich, spends what he doesn't have, tries to show off.  Another who is rich pretends to be poor so that others don't hit him up, beg borrow, etc.
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13:8
A person’s riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.
A rich person can afford to get himself out of trouble.  A poor person can't.
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13:9
The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.

The righteous can walk in the light of God.  The wicked can't.

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13:10
Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
The wise are always willing to learn from those who know what they don't,   The fool gets mad at the thought.
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13:11
Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

Be prudent with your money.  Save it and it will grow.

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13:12
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
We sit around hoping for something that never happens instead of living the moment with patience. 
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13:13
Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.
The wise man is always willing to learn, in doing so he benefits himself and others.  The fool already thinks he knows everything but he makes mistakes based on his lack of knowledge and his unwillingness to learn and that will cost him.
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13:14
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.
The wise man learns, only speaks the truth and only talks about what he knows. 
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13:15
Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.
The foolish person is always right.  He doesn't want to hear it when he is given advice.  The wise man loves advice because it is an opportunity to learn something.

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13:16
All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly. 
You have to act with cautiousness.  You have to act with knowledge of what you're getting into.  The fools don't do that.  They act with folly meaning they act without knowing and mess it all up.
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13:17
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.
A wicked messenger - someone who teaches/preaches a false message.  Brings you to the devil.  But he who teaches the word of God brings healing.
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13:18
Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.
Discipline isn't about being punished, it's about correction.  If you can't learn how to do anything the right way, then you will look like an idiot.
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13:19
A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.
I long for a better relationship with God.  But I have to turn from my evil ways in order to get there.
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13:20
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Your friends help to define your reality.  If they are fools, you will become a fool.  If they are wise, you will gain wisdom.
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13:21
Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things.
Staying blameless keeps you out of trouble.  Sinners get themselves into trouble.

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13:22
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
A good person brings their children to the lord so that they will bring their children to the Lord.  It's not all about money. 
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13:23
An unplowed field produces food for the poor, but injustice sweeps it away.
The poor have little to begin with.  What they have is easily taken away by evil people. 
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13:24
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
This is worded differently in my bible.  I don't believe it is about beating children, as some religious nuts have said.  It is about discipline which is necessary for learning etiquette and proper behavior.  It's necessary for teaching a new skill.  It's necessary for becoming good at something like playing a sport or a musical instrument.  So discipline is a good thing.  It's hard to take sometime.
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13:25
The righteous eat to their hearts’ content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.


The righteous are rewarded by God.  The wicked will be punished.

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