Proverbs 13
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1  A wise son—it is through the discipline of his father; A scoffer—he never heard reproof.

א  בֵּן חָכָם מוּסַר אָב וְלֵץ לֹא־שָׁמַע גְּעָרָה׃

2  A man enjoys good from the fruit of his speech; But out of the throat of the treacherous comes lawlessness.

ב  מִפְּרִי פִי־אִישׁ יֹאכַל טוֹב וְנֶפֶשׁ בֹּגְדִים חָמָס׃

3  He who guards his tongue preserves his life; He who opens wide his lips, it is his ruin.

ג  נֹצֵר פִּיו שֹׁמֵר נַפְשׁוֹ פֹּשֵׂק שְׂפָתָיו מְחִתָּה־לוֹ׃

4  A lazy man craves, but has nothing; The diligent shall feast on rich fare.

ד  מִתְאַוָּה וָאַיִן נַפְשׁוֹ עָצֵל וְנֶפֶשׁ חָרֻצִים תְּדֻשָּׁן׃

5  A righteous man hates lies; The wicked man is vile and disgraceful.

ה  דְּבַר־שֶׁקֶר יִשְׂנָא צַדִּיק וְרָשָׁע יַבְאִישׁ וְיַחְפִּיר׃

6  Righteousness protects him whose way is blameless; Wickedness subverts the sinner.

ו  צְדָקָה תִּצֹּר תָּם־דָּרֶךְ וְרִשְׁעָה תְּסַלֵּף חַטָּאת׃

7  One man pretends to be rich and has nothing; Another professes to be poor and has much wealth.

ז  יֵשׁ מִתְעַשֵּׁר וְאֵין כֹּל מִתְרוֹשֵׁשׁ וְהוֹן רָב׃

8  Riches are ransom for a man’s life, The poor never heard a reproof.

ח  כֹּפֶר נֶפֶשׁ־אִישׁ עָשְׁרוֹ וְרָשׁ לֹא־שָׁמַע גְּעָרָה׃

9  The light of the righteous is radiant; The lamp of the wicked is extinguished.

ט  אוֹר־צַדִּיקִים יִשְׂמָח וְנֵר רְשָׁעִים יִדְעָךְ׃

10  Arrogance yields nothing but strife; Wisdom belongs to those who seek advice.

י  רַק־בְּזָדוֹן יִתֵּן מַצָּה וְאֶת־נוֹעָצִים חָכְמָה׃

11  Wealth may dwindle to less than nothing, But he who gathers little by little increases it.

יא  הוֹן מֵהֶבֶל יִמְעָט וְקֹבֵץ עַל־יָד יַרְבֶּה׃

12  Hope deferred sickens the heart, But desire realized is a tree of life.

יב  תּוֹחֶלֶת מְמֻשָּׁכָה מַחֲלָה־לֵב וְעֵץ חַיִּים תַּאֲוָה בָאָה׃

13  He who disdains a precept will be injured thereby; He who respects a command will be rewarded.

יג  בָּז לְדָבָר יֵחָבֶל לוֹ וִירֵא מִצְוָה הוּא יְשֻׁלָּם׃

14  The instruction of a wise man is a fountain of life, Enabling one to avoid deadly snares.

יד  תּוֹרַת חָכָם מְקוֹר חַיִּים לָסוּר מִמֹּקְשֵׁי מָוֶת׃

15  Good sense wins favor; The way of treacherous men is unchanging.

טו  שֵׂכֶל־טוֹב יִתֶּן־חֵן וְדֶרֶךְ בֹּגְדִים אֵיתָן׃

16  Every clever man acts knowledgeably, But a dullard exposes his stupidity.

טז  כָּל־עָרוּם יַעֲשֶׂה בְדָעַת וּכְסִיל יִפְרֹשׂ אִוֶּלֶת׃

17  Harm befalls a wicked messenger; A faithful courier brings healing.

יז  מַלְאָךְ רָשָׁע יִפֹּל בְּרָע וְצִיר אֱמוּנִים מַרְפֵּא׃

18  Poverty and humiliation are for him who spurns discipline; But he who takes reproof to heart gets honor.

יח  רֵישׁ וְקָלוֹן פּוֹרֵעַ מוּסָר וְשׁוֹמֵר תּוֹכַחַת יְכֻבָּד׃

19  Desire realized is sweet to the soul; To turn away from evil is abhorrent to the stupid.

יט  תַּאֲוָה נִהְיָה תֶּעֱרַב לְנָפֶשׁ וְתוֹעֲבַת כְּסִילִים סוּר מֵרָע׃

20  He who keeps company with the wise becomes wise, But he who consorts with dullards comes to grief.

כ  הלוך [הוֹלֵךְ] אֶת־חֲכָמִים וחכם [יֶחְכָּם] וְרֹעֶה כְסִילִים יֵרוֹעַ׃

21  Misfortune pursues sinners, But the righteous are well rewarded.

כא  חַטָּאִים תְּרַדֵּף רָעָה וְאֶת־צַדִּיקִים יְשַׁלֶּם־טוֹב׃

22  A good man has what to bequeath to his grandchildren, For the wealth of sinners is stored 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 has what to bequeath to his grandchildren

A righteous man leaves more than a physical inheritance for his children and grandchildren, as the merit of his good deeds is also bequeathed to them. By contrast, though, the sinner’s wealth will ultimately 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 their children’s children for eternity.Comment

23  The tillage of the poor yields much food; But substance is swept away for lack of moderation.

כג  רָב־אֹכֶל נִיר רָאשִׁים וְיֵשׁ נִסְפֶּה בְּלֹא מִשְׁפָּט׃

24  He who spares the rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him early.

כד  חוֹשֵׂךְ שִׁבְטוֹ שׂוֹנֵא בְנוֹ וְאֹהֲבוֹ שִׁחֲרוֹ מוּסָר׃

25  The righteous man eats to his heart’s content, But the belly of the wicked is empty.


כה  צַדִּיק אֹכֵל לְשֹׂבַע נַפְשׁוֹ וּבֶטֶן רְשָׁעִים תֶּחְסָר׃

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