Meditation and Prayer Journey – Proverbs 13

Proverbs 13


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1A WISE son heeds [and is the fruit of] his father’s instruction and correction, but a scoffer listens not to rebuke.2A good man eats good from the fruit of his mouth, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.

3He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

4The appetite of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the appetite of the diligent is abundantly supplied.(A)

5A [consistently] righteous man hates lying and deceit, but a wicked man is loathsome [his very breath spreads pollution] and he comes [surely] to shame.

6Righteousness (rightness and justice in every area and relation) guards him who is upright in the way, but wickedness plunges into sin and overthrows the sinner.

7One man considers himself rich, yet has nothing [to keep permanently]; another man considers himself poor, yet has great [and indestructible] riches.(B)

8A rich man can buy his way out of threatened death by paying a ransom, but the poor man does not even have to listen to threats [from the envious].

9The light of the [uncompromisingly] righteous [is within him–it grows brighter and] rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked [furnishes only a derived, temporary light and] shall be put out shortly.

10By pride and insolence comes only contention, but with the well-advised is skillful and godly Wisdom.

11Wealth [not earned but] won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use [such riches] will dwindle away, but he who gathers little by little will increase [his riches].

12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

13Whoever despises the word and counsel [of God] brings destruction upon himself, but he who [reverently] fears and respects the commandment [of God] is rewarded.

14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.

15Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the transgressor is hard [like the barren, dry soil or the impassable swamp].

16Every prudent man deals with knowledge, but a [self-confident] fool exposes and flaunts his folly.

17A wicked messenger falls into evil, but a faithful ambassador brings healing.

18Poverty and shame come to him who refuses instruction and correction, but he who heeds reproof is honored.

19Satisfied desire is sweet to a person; therefore it is hateful and exceedingly offensive to [self-confident] fools to give up evil [upon which they have set their hearts].

20He who walks [as a companion] with wise men is wise, but he who associates with [self-confident] fools is [a fool himself and] shall smart for it.(C)

21Evil pursues sinners, but the consistently upright and in right standing with God is recompensed with good.

22A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.

23Much food is in the tilled land of the poor, but there are those who are destroyed because of injustice.

24He who spares his rod [of discipline] hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines diligently and punishes him early.(D)

25The [uncompromisingly] righteous eats to his own satisfaction, but the stomach of the wicked is in want.

* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.

Further Study

Proverb-A-Day: Chapter 13

STUDIES ON PROVERBS Exposition: Proverbs

Proverbs Spiritual Checkup

Proverbs 13:1-14
Warnings In The Word
Swans frequently visit Mill Pond, England, where RBC Regional Director Howard Liverance lives. He writes, “It’s a beautiful place . . . where ducks, geese, and other waterfowl frolic playfully.” Yet even in this idyllic setting there has been danger. Across one corner of the pond are some power lines. A number of swans have been killed because they didn’t see them as they approached the pond.

Howard talked with some people about this problem, and eventually the power company installed red flags on the lines. Now the swans can see the danger and avoid it. Since the red flags were installed, not a single swan has died.

God has provided some “red flags” for our protection. The book of Proverbs is filled with warnings about evil and encourages us to seek wisdom. InProverbs 13:1-14, we find several red flags, including:

Don’t ignore instruction and rebuke (v.1).
Guard your mouth (v.3).
Beware of the pursuit of riches (v.7).
Avoid dishonesty (v.11).
Don’t disrespect God’s Word (v.13).
The Word of God “is a fountain of life, to turn [us] away from the snares of death” (v.14). —Anne Cetas (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)

For Further Study
To learn more about the wisdom in the book of Proverbs,
read Knowing God Through Proverbs

God’s warnings are to protect us, not to punish us

Multi Media

The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 12

Proverbs 13:20 Scripture Element

Randall M. Rueff – Proverbs 13:24 – What “Spare the rod and spoil the child” really means – 8D

Proverbs 13:20 (ESV)


Matthew Henry

Jamieson, Fausset & Brown

My Reflections

Wise or Foolish

Pop out verses:

5A [consistently] righteous man hates lying and deceit, but a wicked man is loathsome [his very breath spreads pollution] and he comes [surely] to shame.

8A rich man can buy his way out of threatened death by paying a ransom, but the poor man does not even have to listen to threats [from the envious].

13Whoever despises the word and counsel [of God] brings destruction upon himself, but he who [reverently] fears and respects the commandment [of God] is rewarded.

20He who walks [as a companion] with wise men is wise, but he who associates with [self-confident] fools is [a fool himself and] shall smart for it.(C)

V5 – I can see why knowing that someone is lying or something is untrue can bother us, it’s because it bother’s God and the Holy Spirit would also have to be bothered by it. And if the Spirit is in us, then we would feel his hate for it as well. It’s in the actions that we take after having those feelings that we can tend to go wrong with the feelings. The feelings aren’t what is wrong, the actions are. Eventually, God has a way of revealing the truth, it’s just very hard waiting on it to happen sometimes.

V8 – I just thought this one was funny, true, but funny when you think about it.

V13 – Despises, to me that word brings out a meaning of strong dislike, but the original word meant to disrespect. Of course, disrespect means not having respect. So we have to find out what respect means. Respect means, To feel or show deferential regard for; To avoid violation of or interference with; To relate or refer to.  So basically anyone who disregards, violates, or does not relate to or refer to God’s word (the Bible) will be destroyed. Want to know what that means?

To wind tightly (as a rope), that is, to bind; specifically by a pledge; figuratively to pervert, destroy; also to writhe in pain (especially of parturition): –  X at all, band, bring forth, (deal) corrupt (-ly) destroy, offend, lay to (take a) pledge, spoil, travail, X very, withhold.

Not a good thing. When reading a scripture like this, it makes me think about how many verses I take lightly. I don’t feel or believe that I live my life according to every scripture, not even sure I could if I tried really hard. But the thing is, we are responsible for those we KNOW. James says if we know what is right and we don’t do it, we sin. That’s it. So if we know a scripture and we understand it, then we are responsible for following it. We don’t follow it because we are afraid of breaking the rules. We don’t follow it so we can get a reward. We don’t follow it because we don’t want to be punished. We follow it because Jesus said if we loved him, we’d listen to Him and follow His ways. When we love someone, we don’t want to hurt them and it hurts Jesus when we don’t follow what He says. Here’s the other part of that, it doesn’t hurt him because we break the rule, it hurts Him because like any parent, they don’t like seeing their child hurt because they stuck their finger in a light socket. Not sure why we can’t get that. Oh well, makes me recognize the importance of each verse.

V20 – Ok, so if you’ve been out of high school a couple of years, you can now own up to the fact that this verse is really true, can’t you? Seriously, it is so true, doesn’t matter if you believe in Jesus or not, it will apply to your life. There are a lot of Proverbs that talk about the people we “hang” with and how they will affect us – positive or negatively. Wise counsel – wise person; foolish counsel – foolish person; patient friends – patient person; angry friends – angry person.

I can say from experience that this one verse should be plastered everywhere if you are looking for a mate. Because that person is someone you will spend a whole lot of time with and they’re personalities (good or bad) WILL rub off on you. Take a long look at them and think – do I want to be like them? Also, as sad as it may be, foolish ways rub off quicker than wise ways. Not sure why, but they do. So if you look at someone and say, “Ah, well, this good part of me will rub off on them and get rid of that bad way.” Forget it, it is highly unlikely to happen and will put an extreme stress on the relationship. There’s only one person who’s wise/good ways can rub off on them and that is God’s, and even God won’t force himself on them. So just ask one question – DO I WANT TO BE LIKE THEM? And whatever the answer is to that question will also answer the question, “Should I be with this person?”

One more thing, I hear people say, “Well, Jesus hung out with sinners.” No, he didn’t. He briefly visited them, a short dinner, a little talk, a helping hand, that was it. If they changed to be more like Him, then THEY hung out with HIM. He hung out with the disciples who wanted to learn from Him and be like Him. Lesson to be learned there too. If we are walking with Christ, then we can’t “hang” with those who are not. We can have dinner now and then, visit with them, help them when they need some help. But, we have to wait until THEY come hang with US to hangout with them.


Lord, thank you once again for Your awesome words of wisdom. Thank you for always outlining the path for us, for sending light unto the path so that we know the right way to go. Lord, I pray that any falsehood that is in me is brought to light. I pray that any falsehood in those around me be brought to light. Let the truth be heard and the light be shed.

Lord I ask for help for those who are rich and are having to deal with all that comes from that. I ask that as they bless others with their wealth, the people who chase them will disappear. I pray for the poor that any burdens they may have will be lifted and they can walk in peace, love, and joy as they walk in You.

Father, forgive me for any commands or scriptures that I have chosen to disrespect. Let the Spirit help me to recall those commands and those verses in the times that I need them. Let the Spirit reveal to me what Your word says and help me to obey it. Father, I want to cherish and fully respect each word that you have placed in this book we call the Bible. I want to walk in Your ways and not my own.

Lord, forgive me for become foolish as those around me were foolish. Forgive me for making choices that made each of us fools. Lord, keep my eyes open so that I might be able to recognize those kind of people and be aware of their ways. Father, I know that you work all things to the good of those who seek You and walk in YOUR ways. Help me to surround myself with the wise so that I might grow wiser. With those who have understanding so that I might gain understanding. And those who have knowledge, so that I might gain knowledge. And as I walk among the foolish, those ways can also rub off onto them and they will choose to join me as I walk among the wise, the understanding, and those with knowledge so that we can both grow in those ways. In Jesus name, AMEN!

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