Proverbs 19:22
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English Standard Version
What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar.

King James Bible
The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

American Standard Version
That which maketh a man to be desired is his kindness; And a poor man is better than a liar.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A needy man is merciful: and better is the poor than the lying man.

English Revised Version
The desire of a man is the measure of his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

Webster's Bible Translation
The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul;

     He that taketh no heed to his ways dies.

As at Proverbs 6:23, cf. Ecclesiastes 8:5, מצוה is here the commandment of God, and thus obligatory, which directs man in every case to do that which is right, and warns him against that which is wrong. And בּוזה דּרכיו (according to the Masora with Tsere, as in Codd. and old editions, not בוזה) is the antithesis of נצר דּרכּו, Proverbs 16:17. To despise one's own way is equivalent to, to regard it as worth no consideration, as no question of conscience whether one should enter upon this way or that. Hitzig's reading, פּוזר, "he that scattereth his ways," lets himself be drawn by the manifold objects of sensuality sometimes in one direction and sometimes in another, is supported by Jeremiah 3:13, according to which it must be מפזּר; the conj. is not in the style of the Book of Proverbs, and besides is superfluous. The lxx, which is fond of a quid pro quo - it makes, 13b, a courtesan offering a sacrifice she had vowed of the wages of sin of the quarrelsome woman - has here, as the Heb. text: ὁ καταφρονῶν τῶν ἑαυτοῦ ὁδῶν. Thus after the Kerı̂ ימת, as also the Targ., Syro-Hexap., and Luther; on the contrary, the Syr., Jerome, the Venet. adopt the Chethı̂b יוּמת: he will become dead, i.e., dies no natural death. The Kerı̂ is more in the spirit and style of the Book of Proverbs (Proverbs 15:10; Proverbs 23:13; Proverbs 10:21).

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1 Chronicles 29:2,3,17 Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver...

2 Chronicles 6:8 But the LORD said to David my father, For as much as it was in your heart to build an house for my name...

Mark 12:41-44 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much...

Mark 14:6-8 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble you her? she has worked a good work on me...

2 Corinthians 8:2,3,12 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their liberality...


Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

Job 6:15 My brothers have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;

Job 17:5 He that speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

Psalm 62:9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance...

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Cross References
Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.

Proverbs 19:23
The fear of the LORD leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.

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