Proverbs 131. The wise son listens to his father, and the bad son, who does not accept criticism, goes to oblivion.
2. The good man is satisfied by the fruit of his mouth, and the souls of the abominable go to oblivion.
3. Whoever guard their mouth admonish themselves, and whoever open their lips bring ruin upon themselves.
4. In every season the person who does not perform any works is consumed by desire, but* it is the soul of the mighty that is anointed.
5. The righteous person abhors a dishonest manifestation, but* the abominable is embarrassing and shameful.
6. Righteousness guards the one who is honest in her path, but* the sinful person's sin is oblivionating.
7. There are those that make themselves out to be rich and they have nothing, and there are those that make themselves out to be poor and they earn a great deal.
8. The salvation of a man may be his wealth, but* the poor man receives no rebuke.
9. The light of the righteous shines brightly, and the lamp of the abominable is extinguished.
10. The evil person commits evil by cursing, and those that [give good] counsel are the wise.
11. The profit that comes from abomination makes one smaller,* and that which is gathered through righteousness makes one bigger.*
12. Blessed is the person who attempts to help -- better than the one who relies on hope -- and lets the Tree of Life bring the hope.*
13. Whoever has disdain against the manifestation shall be dumbfounded by it, and whoever fears the commandments shall be delivered; the troublesome man shall not be edified, and the wise man whose works are wholesome, even his way shall rise to the top.
14. The law of wisdom is the foundation of Life, to those who avoid the trap of death.
15. Good schooling brings mercy, and the way of the abominable leads to oblivion.
16. Everything that a sagacious person does is with knowledge, and the fool speaks nonsense.
17. The abominable envoy falls into evil, and the faithful envoy is the healer.
18. Poverty and abuse cancel out enlightenment, and the one who observes correction is praised.
19. A pleasing desire delights the soul, and the defilement of the abominable distances herself from knowledge.
20. Whoever walks with the wise person becomes wise, and whoever walks with a fool, evil shall befall him.
21. The sinners are beset by evil, and the righteous are delivered to goodness.
22. The good man enriches the children of his sons, and the wealth of the sinners shall [ironically] protect the righteous.
23. Those who do not make* much of a livelihood, the years consume their wealth, and the men are gradually reduced.
24. Whoever forsakes his ancestral origin, hates his son; and whoever is compassionate towards his son, diligently approves of him.
25. The righteous eats and his soul is satisfied, but* the abominable's stomach remains empty.*
*13:4 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*13:5 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*13:6 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*13:8 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*13:11.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "... earnings from abomination belittle."
*13:11.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Increases."
*13:12 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And it is the Tree of Life that brings the hope."
*13:25.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*13:25.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Loses."
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