Proverbs 19

1 Better a poor man who lives with integrity a

than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool.

2 Even zeal is not good without knowledge, b
and the one who acts hastily
Lit who is hasty with feet
sins. d

3 A man’s own foolishness leads him astray,
yet his heart rages against the Lord. e

4 Wealth attracts many friends, f
but a poor man is separated from his friend.

5 A false witness will not go unpunished, g
and one who utters lies will not escape. h

6 Many seek a ruler’s favor, i
and everyone is a friend of one who gives gifts. j

7 All the brothers of a poor man hate him; k
how much more do his friends
keep their distance from him!
He may pursue them with words, l
but they are not there.
Hb uncertain

8 The one who acquires good sense
Lit acquires a heart
loves himself;
one who safeguards understanding finds success. o

9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and one who utters lies perishes. p

10 Luxury is not appropriate for a fool q
how much less for a slave to rule over princes! r

11 A person’s insight gives him patience, s
and his virtue is to overlook an offense. t

12 A king’s rage is like the roaring of a lion, u
but his favor is like dew on the grass. v

13 A foolish son is his father’s ruin, w
and a wife’s nagging is an endless dripping. x

14 A house and wealth are inherited from fathers, y
but a sensible wife is from the Lord.

15 Laziness induces deep sleep,
and a lazy person will go hungry. z

16 The one who keeps commands preserves himself; aa
one who disregards
Or despises, or treats lightly
his ways will die. ac

17 Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord, ad
and He will give a reward to the lender.
Lit to him

18 Discipline your son while there is hope;
don’t be intent on killing him.
Lit don’t lift up your soul to his death

19 A person with great anger bears the penalty;
if you rescue him, you’ll have to do it again. ai

20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction
so that you may be wise later in life.
Lit in your end

21 Many plans are in a man’s heart,
but the Lord’s decree will prevail. al

22 What is desirable in a man is his fidelity;
better to be a poor man than a liar. am

23 The
fear(s) God or the Lord/ the fear of the Lord: No single English word conveys every aspect of the word fear in this phrase. The meaning includes worshipful submission, reverential awe, and obedient respect to the covenant-keeping God of Israel.
fear of the Lord leads to life;
one will sleep at night
Lit will spend the night satisfied
without danger. ap

24 The slacker buries his hand in the bowl;
he doesn’t even bring it back to his mouth. aq

25 Strike a mocker, and the inexperienced learn a lesson; ar
rebuke the discerning, and he gains knowledge. as

26 The one who assaults his father and evicts his mother
is a disgraceful and shameful son.

27 If you stop listening to correction, my son,
you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28 A worthless witness mocks justice,
and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity. at

29 Judgments are prepared for mockers,
and beatings for the backs of fools. au
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