Proverbs 13

Starting in chapter 10, the book of Proverbs records a long series of wise sayings from Solomon. These continue for several chapters. Through chapter 15, a major focus is on issues such as godly living, mostly given in contrast with examples of ungodliness. This chapter emphasizes themes such as work ethic, honesty, and discipline.
The prior chapter contained several lessons on lifestyle and speech. The early part of chapter 13 echoes statements from the middle part of chapter 12, with an emphasis on speech. Advice is given to take control of one's words, for the sake of self and for the sake of others (Proverbs 13:1–3).

Solomon also explains proper attitudes towards honesty and godliness, especially as those connect with worldly success. These lessons echo other comments from the book of Proverbs on the natural consequences of sin. Much is made of the risks sin brings. Likewise, hard work presents growth while laziness leads to disaster (Proverbs 13:4–11).

The last segment of this chapter includes references to companionship, taking advice, justice, and additional references to the consequences of sin. Solomon notes the difficult experience of unrealized hopes. Good sense, coming from godly wisdom, tends to lead to a good reputation and better success. Parallel to that, befriending godly people is much better than the risks of associating with those who reject God. Discipline, both from God, and towards one's own children, is a good thing when done properly. In all these things, contentment is a sign of godliness (Proverbs 13:12–25).

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