Proverbs 19

On Life and Conduct

1 a  Better is a poor man who b  walks in his integrity
Than he who is perverse in
Lit his lips
speech and is a fool.
2Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge,
And he who hurries
Lit with his feet
e  his footsteps
Lit sins
3The g  foolishness of man ruins his way,
And his heart h  rages against the  Lord.
4 i  Wealth adds many friends,
But a poor man is separated from his friend.
5A j  false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who
Lit breathes
l  tells lies will not escape.
6 m  Many will seek the favor of a
Or noble
generous man,
And every man is a friend to him who o  gives gifts.
7All the brothers of a poor man hate him;
How much more do his p  friends abandon him!
He q  pursues them with words, but they are
Lit not
8He who gets
Lit heart
wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will t  find good.
9A u  false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who
Lit breathes
tells lies will perish.
10Luxury is w  not fitting for a fool;
Much less for a x  slave to rule over princes.
11A man’s y  discretion makes him slow to anger,
And it is his glory z  to overlook a transgression.
12The aa  king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion,
But his favor is like ab  dew on the grass.
13A ac  foolish son is destruction to his father,
And the ad  contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.
14House and wealth are an ae  inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the  Lord.
15 af  Laziness casts into a deep sleep,
And an idle
Lit soul
man will suffer hunger.
16He who ah  keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who
Lit despises
is careless of
Lit ways
conduct will die.
17One who ak  is gracious to a poor man lends to the  Lord,
And He will repay him for his
Or benefits
am  good deed.
18 an  Discipline your son while there is hope,
And do not desire
Lit causing him to die
his death.
19 A man of great anger will bear the penalty,
For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.
20 ap  Listen to counsel and accept discipline,
That you may be wise
Lit in your latter end
the rest of your days.
21Many ar  plans are in a man’s heart,
But the as  counsel of the  Lord will stand.
22What is desirable in a man is his
Or loyalty
And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
Or reverence
av  fear of the  Lord leads to life,
So that one may sleep aw  satisfied
Lit not visited
ay  untouched by evil.
24The az  sluggard buries his hand ba  in the dish,
But will not even bring it back to his mouth.
25 bb  Strike a scoffer and the
Lit simple
naive may become shrewd,
But bd  reprove one who has understanding and he will
Lit discern
gain knowledge.
26He bf  who assaults his father and drives his mother away
Is a shameful and disgraceful son.
27Cease listening, my son, to discipline,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice,
And the mouth of the wicked
Or swallows
bh  spreads iniquity.
Gr Rods
Judgments are prepared for bj  scoffers,
And bk  blows for the back of fools.

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