Proverbs – 31 Day Challenge – Day 13

Posted: January 13, 2015 in Proverbs 31 Day Challenge
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Open Bible with PenProverbs 13 (HCSB)



1 A wise son responds to his father’s discipline,
but a mocker doesn’t listen to rebuke.

From the words of his mouth,
a man will enjoy good things,
but treacherous people have an appetite for violence.

The one who guards his mouth protects his life;
the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.

The slacker craves, yet has nothing,
but the diligent is fully satisfied.

The righteous hate lying,
but the wicked act disgustingly and disgracefully.

Righteousness guards people of integrity,[a]
but wickedness undermines the sinner.

One man pretends to be rich but has nothing;
another pretends to be poor but has great wealth.

Riches are a ransom for a man’s life,
but a poor man hears no threat.

The light of the righteous shines brightly,
but the lamp of the wicked is put out.

10 Arrogance leads to nothing but strife,
but wisdom is gained by those who take advice.

11 Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle,
but whoever earns it through labor[b] will multiply it.

12 Delayed hope makes the heart sick,
but fulfilled desire is a tree of life.

13 The one who has contempt for instruction will pay the penalty,
but the one who respects a command will be rewarded.

14 A wise man’s instruction is a fountain of life,
turning people away from the snares of death.

15 Good sense wins favor,
but the way of the treacherous never changes.[c]

16 Every sensible person acts knowledgeably,
but a fool displays his stupidity.

17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
but a trustworthy courier brings healing.

18 Poverty and disgrace come to those
who ignore discipline,
but the one who accepts correction will be honored.

19 Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste,
but to turn from evil
is an abomination to fools.

20 The one who walks with the wise will become wise,
but a companion of fools will suffer harm.

21 Disaster pursues sinners,
but good rewards the righteous.

22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his[d] grandchildren,
but the sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.

23 The uncultivated field of the poor yields abundant food,
but without justice, it is swept away.

24 The one who will not use the rod hates his son,
but the one who loves him disciplines him diligently.

25 A righteous man eats until he is satisfied,
but the stomach of the wicked is empty.


  1. Proverbs 13:6 Lit guards integrity of way
  2. Proverbs 13:11 Lit whoever gathers upon [his] hand
  3. Proverbs 13:15 LXX, Syr, Tg read treacherous will perish
  4. Proverbs 13:22 Or inheritance: his


My Thoughts

“13  The one who has contempt for instruction will pay the penalty, but the one who respects a command will be rewarded.

Many times, too many for me, we know in our hearts the right thing to do but if what “we” really want to do is counter to that then we will seek “wise” counsel – often until we find someone that tells us to do what we want to do not what we should do.

This has been the case for me this week as prepare to do an open mic and am determined to keep God first and honor HIM in all I do including the jokes I tell regardless of the possibility of laughs.

Verse 13 here, reminds me of that as I have been “instructed” to not use certain “bits” in my routine. This is hard as I know this particular bit will get laughs and applause – it’s not easy but as the verse says, “…the one who respects a command will be rewarded.”

That verse just scratches the surface of the wisdom in Proverbs 13. What did you pick up on? Discipline and the “rod”? Will you walk with the wise? Sound off!

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