Proverbs 13: Wise Sayings

Why do some people scoff at good advice?

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Proverbs 13:1 A wise son listens to his father and does what he says, but a scoffer shuns good advice.
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Proverbs 13:1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

If people bring trouble upon themselves by stirring up strife, why do they do it?

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Proverbs 13:2 People enjoy great benefit from saying kind, encouraging things, but those who stir up strife will bring trouble upon themselves.
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Proverbs 13:2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

What are the benefits and the dangers of speaking without thinking?

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Proverbs 13:3 Be careful what you say, and you’ll live longer. If you speak without thinking, get ready for trouble.
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Proverbs 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

What goals can laziness fulfill?

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Proverbs 13:4 Goals are attained through diligence, not laziness.
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Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Why is perversion of the truth shameful to some but not to others?

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Proverbs 13:5 The righteous detest any perversion of the truth, but the wicked are shamed and disgraced because of their deception.
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Proverbs 13:5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.

What is “integrity”? How easily is it achieved? How easily is it destroyed?

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Proverbs 13:6 Righteous people guard their integrity by always doing what is right, no matter the cost, but wrongdoing destroys the integrity of the wicked.
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Proverbs 13:6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

Of what benefit is acting like someone we are not?

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Proverbs 13:7 Some wealthy people act as if they were poor, but poor people can act as if they were rich.
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Proverbs 13:7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

What is the best insurance we can buy? Why?

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Proverbs 13:8 Rich people can be sued for all they are worth, but the poor don’t have that problem.
Matthew 6:19–20 Do not store up treasure for yourselves on Earth, where moths and rust can eat it up and thieves break in and steal. Instead, store your treasure in Heaven, where it is safe from moths and rust and thieves.
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Proverbs 13:8 The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
Matthew 6:19–20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

What makes good deeds shine brightly? How does that compare with acts of the wicked?

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Proverbs 13:9 The good deeds of the righteous shine as brightly as the midday sun, but the acts of the wicked have no light at all.
2 Corinthians 11:14 We shouldn’t be surprised, since Satan never reveals himself as a liar. No, he presents himself as our helper, a messenger of truth, an angel of light.
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Proverbs 13:9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

How far should Christians go in considering other points of view?

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Proverbs 13:10 Prideful people argue their convictions, stirring up strife, but those who are wise will hear and consider other points of view.
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Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

What keeps wealth gained by cheating from lasting?

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Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gained by cheating others won’t last, but money earned will keep growing.
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Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

What is the likelihood that our desires will be fulfilled?

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Proverbs 3:6 Let the Lord guide everything you do, and he will keep you on the right path.
Proverbs 13:12 Broken promises are disheartening, but the fulfillment of a wholesome desire is life-giving.
Matthew 21:21 “Know this for certain. If you have unwavering faith, you will not only do things like this, but you will say to this mountain, ‘Rise and be thrown into the sea,’ and it will obey.”
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Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

What are the costs for shunning God’s direction? How will we be rewarded for following his direction?

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Proverbs 13:13 Anyone who shuns God’s direction will suffer the consequence, paying a high price, but those who respect his commandments will be rewarded.
King James
Proverbs 13:13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

How does the wisdom of the world compare with wisdom from the Lord?

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Proverbs 13:14 Wisdom from the Lord is life-giving, saving people from deadly traps.
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Proverbs 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

What will cause the deceitful to have a tough time?

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Proverbs 13:15 Sound judgment is worthy of praise, but the deceitful will have a tough time.
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Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Why would fools ignore the knowledge they have?

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Proverbs 13:16 Sensible people act upon the knowledge they have, but fools show their folly by ignoring what they know.
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Proverbs 13:16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

What does it mean to be an “ambassador of truth”?

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Proverbs 13:17 A messenger of lies and deception is asking for trouble, but a faithful ambassador of truth brings healing.
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Proverbs 13:17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

What should motivate us to accept correction, even when it’s painful?

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Proverbs 13:18 Refusing instruction will lead to poverty and disgrace, but those who accept correction will be praised.
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Proverbs 13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

What distinguishes the appetites of the foolish from others? Why?

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Proverbs 13:19 A satisfied desire tastes sweet, but the fool’s appetite is for the sourness of evil.
Proverbs 13:25 The righteous can eat and be satisfied, but the wicked will never have enough.
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Proverbs 13:19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
Proverbs 13:25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

How might we be affected by those we walk with? Why?

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Proverbs 13:20 Those who walk with the wise will acquire wisdom, but keeping company with fools leads to trouble.
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Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

How quickly does disaster follow wrongdoing? What about those who do good?

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Proverbs 13:21 Disaster follows on the heels of wrongdoing, but great rewards come to the righteous doing good.
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Proverbs 13:21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.

Why would a sinner’s wealth wind up in the hands of the righteous?

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Proverbs 13:22 The wealth of a good person’s life is passed on to future generations, but a sinner’s wealth will wind up in the hands of the righteous.
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Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

Of what value is an unplowed field? Why?

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Proverbs 13:23 An unplowed field would provide food for the poor, but its neglect destroys that opportunity.
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Proverbs 13:23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

What are the best kinds of discipline?

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Proverbs 13:24 Parents who fail to discipline their children don’t love them. But those who love their children are careful to discipline them.
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Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Can the righteous always eat and be satisfied? Why?

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Proverbs 13:25 The righteous can eat and be satisfied, but the wicked will never have enough.
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Proverbs 13:25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.