The Bible in Basic English
Proverbs, Chapter 13

   1: A wise son is a lover of teaching, but the ears of the haters of authority are shut to sharp words.
   2: A man will get good from the fruit of his lips, but the desire of the false is for violent acts.
   3: He who keeps a watch on his mouth keeps his life; but he whose lips are open wide will have destruction.
   4: The hater of work does not get his desires, but the soul of the hard workers will be made fat.
   5: The upright man is a hater of false words: the evil-doer gets a bad name and is put to shame.
   6: Righteousness keeps safe him whose way is without error, but evil-doers are overturned by sin.
   7: A man may be acting as if he had wealth, but have nothing; another may seem poor, but have great wealth.
   8: A man will give his wealth in exchange for his life; but the poor will not give ear to sharp words.
   9: There is a glad dawn for the upright man, but the light of the sinner will be put out.
   10: The only effect of pride is fighting; but wisdom is with the quiet in spirit.
   11: Wealth quickly got will become less; but he who gets a store by the work of his hands will have it increased.
   12: Hope put off is a weariness to the heart; but when what is desired comes, it is a tree of life.
   13: He who makes sport of the word will come to destruction, but the respecter of the law will be rewarded.
   14: The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning men away from the nets of death.
   15: Wise behaviour gets approval, but the way of the false is their destruction.
   16: A sharp man does everything with knowledge, but a foolish man makes clear his foolish thoughts.
   17: A man taking false news is a cause of trouble, but he who gives news rightly makes things well.
   18: Need and shame will be the fate of him who is uncontrolled by training; but he who takes note of teaching will be honoured.
   19: To get one's desire is sweet to the soul, but to give up evil is disgusting to the foolish.
   20: Go with wise men and be wise: but he who keeps company with the foolish will be broken.
   21: Evil will overtake sinners, but the upright will be rewarded with good.
   22: The heritage of the good man is handed down to his children's children; and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the upright man.
   23: There is much food in the ploughed land of the poor; but it is taken away by wrongdoing.
   24: He who keeps back his rod is unkind to his son: the loving father gives punishment with care.
   25: The upright man has food to the full measure of his desire, but there will be no food for the stomach of evil-doers.

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