Proverbs 19
New International VersionNew American Standard Bible 1995
1Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.1Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.
2Desire without knowledge is not good-- how much more will hasty feet miss the way!2Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs.
3A person's own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD.3The foolishness of man ruins his way, And his heart rages against the LORD.
4Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.4Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.
5A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.5A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.
6Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.6Many will seek the favor of a generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.
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 brothers of a poor man hate him; How much more do his friends abandon him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.
8The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.8He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.
9A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.9A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will perish.
10It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury-- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!10Luxury is not fitting for a fool; Much less for a slave to rule over princes.
11A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.11A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.
12A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.12The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor 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 foolish son is destruction to his father, And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.
14Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.14House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.15Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger.
16Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.16He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of conduct will die.
17Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.17One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.
18Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.18Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death.
19A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.19A man of great anger will bear the penalty, For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.
20Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.20Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.
21Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.21Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.
22What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.22What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
23The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.23The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
24A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!24The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, But will not even bring it back to his mouth.
25Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.25Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.
26Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother is a child who brings shame and disgrace.26He who assaults his father and drives his mother away Is a shameful and disgraceful son.
27Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.27Cease listening, my son, to discipline, And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.28A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.
29Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.29Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And blows for the back of fools.
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