Proverbs 19

19:1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity1

than one who is perverse in his speech2 and is a fool.3

19:2 It is dangerous4 to have zeal5 without knowledge,

and the one who acts hastily6 makes poor choices.7

19:3 A person’s folly8 subverts9 his way,

and10 his heart rages11 against the Lord.

19:4 Wealth adds many friends,

but a poor person is separated12 from his friend.13

19:5 A false witness14 will not go unpunished,

and the one who spouts out15 lies will not escape punishment.16

19:6 Many people entreat the favor17 of a generous person,18

and everyone is the friend19 of the person who gives gifts.20

19:7 All the relatives21 of a poor person hate him;22

how much more do his friends avoid him –

he pursues them23 with words, but they do not respond.24

19:8 The one who acquires wisdom25 loves himself;26

the one who preserves understanding will prosper.27

19:9 A false witness will not go unpunished,

and the one who spouts out28 lies will perish.29

19:10 Luxury is not appropriate30 for a fool;31

how much less for a servant to rule over princes!32

19:11 A person’s wisdom33 makes him slow to anger,34

and it is his glory35 to overlook36 an offense.

19:12 A king’s wrath is like37 the roar of a lion,38

but his favor is like dew on the grass.39

19:13 A foolish child40 is the ruin of his father,

and a contentious wife41 is like42 a constant dripping.43

19:14 A house and wealth are inherited from parents,44

but a prudent wife45 is from the Lord.

19:15 Laziness brings on46 a deep sleep,47

and the idle person48 will go hungry.49

19:16 The one who obeys commandments guards50 his life;

the one who despises his ways51 will die.52

19:17 The one who is gracious53 to the poor lends54 to the Lord,

and the Lord55 will repay him56 for his good deed.57

19:18 Discipline your child, for58 there is hope,

but do not set your heart59 on causing his death.60

19:19 A person with great anger bears the penalty,61

but if you deliver him from it once, you will have to do it again.62

19:20 Listen to advice63 and receive discipline,

that64 you may become wise65 by the end of your life.66

19:21 There are many plans67 in a person’s mind,68

but it69 is the counsel70 of the Lord which will stand.

19:22 What is desirable71 for a person is to show loyal love,72

and a poor person is better than a liar.73

19:23 Fearing the Lord74 leads75 to life,76

and one who does so will live77 satisfied; he will not be afflicted78 by calamity.

19:24 The sluggard plunges79 his hand in the dish,

and he will not even bring it back to his mouth!80

19:25 Flog81 a scorner, and as a result the simpleton82 will learn prudence;83

correct a discerning person, and as a result he will understand knowledge.84

19:26 The one who robs85 his father86 and chases away his mother

is a son87 who brings shame and disgrace.

19:27 If you stop listening to88 instruction, my child,

you will stray89 from the words of knowledge.

19:28 A crooked witness90 scorns justice,

and the mouth of the wicked devours91 iniquity.

19:29 Judgments92 are prepared for scorners,

and floggings for the backs of fools.

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