Proverbs 19
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1Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his speech and is a fool. 1Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool.
2It is dangerous to have zeal without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily makes poor choices. 2Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.
3A person's folly subverts his way, and his heart rages against the LORD. 3People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD.
4Wealth adds many friends, but a poor person is separated from his friend. 4Wealth makes many “friends”; poverty drives them all away.
5A false witness will not go unpunished, and the one who spouts out lies will not escape punishment. 5A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.
6Many people entreat the favor of a generous person, and everyone is the friend of the person who gives gifts. 6Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts!
7All the relatives of a poor person hate him; how much more do his friends avoid him--he pursues them with words, but they do not respond. 7The relatives of the poor despise them; how much more will their friends avoid them! Though the poor plead with them, their friends are gone.
8The one who acquires wisdom loves himself; the one who preserves understanding will prosper. 8To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.
9A false witness will not go unpunished, and the one who spouts out lies will perish. 9A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will be destroyed.
10Luxury is not appropriate for a fool; how much less for a servant to rule over princes! 10It isn’t right for a fool to live in luxury or for a slave to rule over princes!
11A person's wisdom makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. 11Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.
12A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass. 12The king’s anger is like a lion’s roar, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13A foolish child is the ruin of his father, and a contentious wife is like a constant dripping. 13A foolish child is a calamity to a father; a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping.
14A house and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD. 14Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the LORD can give an understanding wife.
15Laziness brings on a deep sleep, and the idle person will go hungry. 15Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.
16The one who obeys commandments guards his life; the one who despises his ways will die. 16Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death.
17The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the LORD, and the LORD will repay him for his good deed. 17If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD— and he will repay you!
18Discipline your child, for there is hope, but do not set your heart on causing his death. 18Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives.
19A person with great anger bears the penalty, but if you deliver him from it once, you will have to do it again. 19Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.
20Listen to advice and receive discipline, that you may become wise by the end of your life. 20Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.
21There are many plans in a person's mind, but it is the counsel of the LORD which will stand. 21You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.
22What is desirable for a person is to show loyal love, and a poor person is better than a liar. 22Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest.
23Fearing the LORD leads to life, and one who does so will live satisfied; he will not be afflicted by calamity. 23Fear of the LORD leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm.
24The sluggard plunges his hand in the dish, and he will not even bring it back to his mouth! 24Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.
25Flog a scorner, and as a result the simpleton will learn prudence; correct a discerning person, and as a result he will understand knowledge. 25If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser.
26The one who robs his father and chases away his mother is a son who brings shame and disgrace. 26Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother are an embarrassment and a public disgrace.
27If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will stray from the words of knowledge. 27If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge.
28A crooked witness scorns justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity. 28A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice; the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
29Judgments are prepared for scorners, and floggings for the backs of fools. 29Punishment is made for mockers, and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.
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