Proverbs 19
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1Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.1A poor man who walks blamelessly is better than a fool who speaks perversely.
2Desire without knowledge is not good-- how much more will hasty feet miss the way!2Furthermore, it isn't good to be ignorant, and whoever rushes into things misses the mark.
3A person's own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD.3A man's foolishness ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.
4Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.4Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
5A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.5A witness to lies will not go unpunished; the teller of falsehoods will not escape.
6Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.6Many curry favor of an official; everyone is a friend of the gift giver.
7The poor are shunned by all their relatives-- how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found.7All the relatives of a poor person shun him— how much more do his friends avoid him! Though he runs after them pleading, they aren't around.
8The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.8Whoever obtains wisdom loves himself, and whoever treasures understanding will prosper.
9A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.9A witness to lies will not go unpunished; the teller of falsehoods will perish.
10It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury-- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!10It's not fitting for a fool to live in luxury; neither is it for a servant to rule over princes.
11A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.11A person's discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is to his credit that he ignores an offence.
12A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.12The king's anger is like the roaring of a lion, but his goodwill is like dew on the grass.
13A foolish child is a father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.13A father's ruin is a foolish son, and a wife's quarreling is like dripping water that never stops.
14Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.14A house and self-sufficiency are a father's inheritance, but from the LORD comes an insightful wife.
15Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.15Laziness puts one to sleep, and an idle person will go hungry.
16Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.16Whoever obeys a commandment keeps himself safe, but someone who is contemptuous in conduct will die.
17Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.17Whoever is kind to the poor is lending to the LORD— the benefit of his gift will return to him in abundance.
18Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.18Discipline your son while there is still hope— but don't set your heart on his destruction.
19A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.19The person who has great anger must pay the consequences, because if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
20Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.20Listen to advice and accept discipline, and you'll be wise for the rest of your life.
21Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.21Many plans occupy the mind of a man, but the LORD's purposes will prevail.
22What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.22Human beings long for grace, and it's better to be poor than a man of deceit.
23The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.23The fear of the LORD leads to life; whoever is satisfied with it will rest, untouched by evil.
24A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!24The lazy person buries his hand in his dish and doesn't bother to bring it back to his mouth.
25Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.25If you scourge a scoffer, the simple person may learn to be discreet; rebuke a discerning man and he will gain understanding.
26Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother is a child who brings shame and disgrace.26Whoever mistreats his father and alienates his mother is a son who brings both shame and disrespect.
27Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.27My son, if you stop listening to instruction, you will stray from the principles of knowledge.
28A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.28A corrupt witness mocks justice, and the wicked person feeds on iniquity.
29Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.29Condemnation is appropriate for mockers, just as beatings are for the backs of fools.
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