Proverbs 13
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1  A wise son is instructed of his father; but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

א  בֵּן חָכָם מוּסַר אָב וְלֵץ לֹא שָׁמַע גְּעָרָה.

2  A man shall eat good from the fruit of his mouth; but the desire of the faithless is violence.

ב  מִפְּרִי פִי אִישׁ יֹאכַל טוֹב וְנֶפֶשׁ בֹּגְדִים חָמָס.

3  He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life; but for him that openeth wide his lips there shall be ruin.

ג  נֹצֵר פִּיו שֹׁמֵר נַפְשׁוֹ פֹּשֵׂק שְׂפָתָיו מְחִתָּה לוֹ.

4  The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be abundantly gratified.

ד  מִתְאַוָּה וָאַיִן נַפְשׁוֹ עָצֵל וְנֶפֶשׁ חָרֻצִים תְּדֻשָּׁן.

5  A righteous man hateth lying; but a wicked man behaveth vilely and shamefully.

ה  דְּבַר שֶׁקֶר יִשְׂנָא צַדִּיק וְרָשָׁע יַבְאִישׁ וְיַחְפִּיר.

6  Righteousness guardeth him that is upright in the way; but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

ו  צְדָקָה תִּצֹּר תָּם דָּרֶךְ וְרִשְׁעָה תְּסַלֵּף חַטָּאת.

7  There is that pretendeth himself rich, yet hath nothing; there is that pretendeth himself poor, yet hath great wealth.

ז  יֵשׁ מִתְעַשֵּׁר וְאֵין כֹּל מִתְרוֹשֵׁשׁ וְהוֹן רָב.

8  The ransom of a man’s life are his riches; but the poor heareth no threatening.

ח  כֹּפֶר נֶפֶשׁ אִישׁ עָשְׁרוֹ וְרָשׁ לֹא שָׁמַע גְּעָרָה.

9  The light of the righteous rejoiceth; but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

ט  אוֹר צַדִּיקִים יִשְׂמָח וְנֵר רְשָׁעִים יִדְעָךְ.

10  By pride cometh only contention; but with the well-advised is wisdom.

י  רַק בְּזָדוֹן יִתֵּן מַצָּה וְאֶת נוֹעָצִים חָכְמָה.

11  Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; but he that gathereth little by little shall increase.

יא  הוֹן מֵהֶבֶל יִמְעָט וְקֹבֵץ עַל יָד יַרְבֶּה.

12  Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

יב  תּוֹחֶלֶת מְמֻשָּׁכָה מַחֲלָה לֵב וְעֵץ חַיִּים תַּאֲוָה בָאָה.

13  Whoso despiseth the word shall suffer thereby; but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

יג  בָּז לְדָבָר יֵחָבֶל לוֹ וִירֵא מִצְוָה הוּא יְשֻׁלָּם.

14  The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

יד  תּוֹרַת חָכָם מְקוֹר חַיִּים לָסוּר מִמֹּקְשֵׁי מָוֶת.

15  Good understanding giveth grace; but the way of the faithless is harsh.

טו  שֵׂכֶל טוֹב יִתֶּן חֵן וְדֶרֶךְ בֹּגְדִים אֵיתָן.

16  Every prudent man dealeth with forethought; but a fool unfoldeth folly.

טז  כָּל עָרוּם יַעֲשֶׂה בְדָעַת וּכְסִיל יִפְרֹשׂ אִוֶּלֶת.

17  A wicked messenger falleth into evil; but a faithful ambassador is health.

יז  מַלְאָךְ רָשָׁע יִפֹּל בְּרָע וְצִיר אֱמוּנִים מַרְפֵּא.

18  Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction; but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

יח  רֵישׁ וְקָלוֹן פּוֹרֵעַ מוּסָר וְשֹׁמֵר תּוֹכַחַת יְכֻבָּד.

19  The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul; and it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

יט  תַּאֲוָה נִהְיָה תֶּעֱרַב לְנָפֶשׁ וְתוֹעֲבַת כְּסִילִים סוּר מֵרָע.

20  He that walketh with wise men shall be wise; but the companion of fools shall smart for it.

כ  הלוך (הוֹלֵךְ) אֶת חֲכָמִים וחכם (יֶחְכָּם) וְרֹעֶה כְסִילִים יֵרוֹעַ.

21  Evil pursueth sinners; but to the righteous good shall be repaid.

כא  חַטָּאִים תְּרַדֵּף רָעָה וְאֶת צַדִּיקִים יְשַׁלֶּם טוֹב.

22  A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children; and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous.

tov yan-KHEEL b’-nay va-NEEM v’-tza-FUN la-tza-DEEK khayl kho-TAY.

כב  טוֹב יַנְחִיל בְּנֵי בָנִים וְצָפוּן לַצַּדִּיק חֵיל חוֹטֵא.

13:22   A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children

Not only does a righteous man leave a physical inheritance for his children and grandchildren, but the merit of his good deeds are bequeathed to them as well. The sinner’s wealth, however, will pass to more worthy hands. The greatest inheritance left to the Jewish people is the Land of Israel, not to be squandered or given away but passed to down to our children’s children for eternity.

Comment

23  Much food is in the tillage of the poor; but there is that is swept away by want of righteousness.

כג  רָב אֹכֶל נִיר רָאשִׁים וְיֵשׁ נִסְפֶּה בְּלֹא מִשְׁפָּט.

24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

כד  חוֹשֵׂךְ שִׁבְטוֹ שׂוֹנֵא בְנוֹ וְאֹהֲבוֹ שִׁחֲרוֹ מוּסָר.

25  The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his desire; but the belly of the wicked shall want.

כה  צַדִּיק אֹכֵל לְשֹׂבַע נַפְשׁוֹ וּבֶטֶן רְשָׁעִים תֶּחְסָר.

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Proverbs 13