Proverbs 19:1
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New International Version
Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.

King James Bible
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is a poor [man] that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

World English Bible
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than he who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is the poor walking in his integrity, Than the perverse in his lips, who is a fool.

Proverbs 19:1 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Better is the poor - The upright poor man is always to be preferred to the rich or self-sufficient fool.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


1 Samuel 25:17,25 Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household...

Isaiah 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies...

Matthew 12:31-34 Why I say to you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven to men...

[This chapter is based on 2 Kings 5.] "Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valor, but he was a leper." Ben-hadad, king of Syria, had defeated the armies of Israel in the battle which resulted in the death of Ahab. Since that time the Syrians had maintained against Israel a constant border warfare, and in one of their raids they had carried away a
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Second Journey through Galilee - the Healing of the Leper.
A DAY and an evening such as of that Sabbath of healing in Capernaum must, with reverence be it written, have been followed by what opens the next section. [2299] To the thoughtful observer there is such unbroken harmony in the Life of Jesus, such accord of the inward and outward, as to carry instinctive conviction of the truth of its record. It was, so to speak, an inward necessity that the God-Man, when brought into contact with disease and misery, whether from physical or supernatural causes,
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

The Knowledge of God
'The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.' I Sam 2:2. Glorious things are spoken of God; he transcends our thoughts, and the praises of angels. God's glory lies chiefly in his attributes, which are the several beams by which the divine nature shines forth. Among other of his orient excellencies, this is not the least, The Lord is a God of knowledge; or as the Hebrew word is, A God of knowledges.' Through the bright mirror of his own essence, he has a full idea and cognisance
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Christian Meekness
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth Matthew 5:5 We are now got to the third step leading in the way to blessedness, Christian meekness. Blessed are the meek'. See how the Spirit of God adorns the hidden man of the heart, with multiplicity of graces! The workmanship of the Holy Ghost is not only curious, but various. It makes the heart meek, pure, peaceable etc. The graces therefore are compared to needlework, which is different and various in its flowers and colours (Psalm 45:14).
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Cross References
Psalm 26:11
I lead a blameless life; deliver me and be merciful to me.

Proverbs 4:24
Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

Proverbs 14:2
Whoever fears the LORD walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways.

Proverbs 20:7
The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.

Proverbs 28:6
Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.

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