Proverbs 19
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1Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.1Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool.
2Desire without knowledge is not good-- how much more will hasty feet miss the way!2Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.
3A person's own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD.3People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD.
4Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.4Wealth makes many “friends”; poverty drives them all away.
5A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.5A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.
6Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.6Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person 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.7The relatives of the poor despise them; how much more will their friends avoid them! Though the poor plead with them, their friends are gone.
8The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.8To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.
9A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.9A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will be destroyed.
10It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury-- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!10It isn’t right for a fool to live in luxury or for a slave to rule over princes!
11A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.11Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.
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 a lion’s roar, 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 child is a calamity to a father; a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping.
14Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.14Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the LORD can give an understanding wife.
15Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.15Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.
16Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.16Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death.
17Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.17If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD— and he will repay you!
18Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.18Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives.
19A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.19Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.
20Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.20Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.
21Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.21You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.
22What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.22Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest.
23The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.23Fear of the LORD leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm.
24A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!24Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.
25Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.25If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser.
26Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother is a child who brings shame and disgrace.26Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother are an embarrassment and a public disgrace.
27Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.27If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge.
28A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.28A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice; the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
29Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.29Punishment is made for mockers, and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.
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