Proverbs 19
1Better a poor person who lives with integrity#Ps 26:11; 37:16; Pr 10:9; 14:2; 20:7; 28:6
than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool.
2Even zeal is not good without knowledge,#Rm 10:2
and the one who acts hastily#19:2 Lit who is hasty with feet sins.#Pr 21:5; 28:20; 29:20
3A person’s own foolishness leads him astray,
yet his heart rages against the Lord.#Is 8:21
4Wealth attracts many friends,#Pr 14:20; 19:6
but a poor person is separated from his friend.
5A false witness will not go unpunished,#Dt 19:16–19; Pr 19:9; 21:28
and one who utters lies will not escape.#Pr 6:19
6Many seek a ruler’s favor,#Pr 29:26
and everyone is a friend of one who gives gifts.#Pr 14:20; 17:8; 19:4
7All the brothers of a poor person hate him;#Ps 38:11
how much more do his friends
keep their distance from him!
He may pursue them with words,#Pr 18:23
but they are not there.#19:7 Hb uncertain
8The one who acquires good sense#19:8 Lit acquires a heart loves himself;
one who safeguards understanding finds success.#Pr 16:20
9A false witness will not go unpunished,
and one who utters lies perishes.#Pr 19:5; 21:28
10Luxury is not appropriate for a fool#Pr 17:7; 26:1
how much less for a slave to rule over princes!#Pr 30:22; Ec 10:6–7
11A person’s insight gives him patience,#Pr 14:29
and his virtue is to overlook an offense.#Pr 11:13; 17:9
12A king’s rage is like the roaring of a lion,#Pr 16:14
but his favor is like dew on the grass.#Ps 133:3; Pr 20:2; 28:15; Hs 14:5; Mc 5:7
13A foolish son is his father’s ruin,#Pr 10:1; 17:25; 28:7
and a wife’s nagging is an endless dripping.#Pr 21:9,19; 27:15
14A house and wealth are inherited from fathers,#2Co 12:14
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
15Laziness induces deep sleep,
and a lazy person will go hungry.#Pr 6:9–11; 10:4; 13:4; 21:25
16The one who keeps commands preserves himself;#Lk 10:28
one who disregards#19:16 Or despises, or treats lightly his ways will die.#Pr 3:1–2; 4:4; 13:13
17Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord,#Dt 15:7–10; Pr 14:31; 28:27; Ec 11:1–2; Mt 10:42; 25:40; 2Co 9:6–8; Heb 6:10
and he will give a reward to the lender.#19:17 Lit to him#Lk 6:38
18Discipline your son while there is hope;
don’t set your heart on being the cause of his death.#19:18 Lit don’t lift up your soul to his death#Pr 13:24; 23:13–14; 29:17
19A person with intense anger bears the penalty;
if you rescue him, you’ll have to do it again.#Pr 22:24–25; 29:22
20Listen to counsel and receive instruction
so that you may be wise later in life.#19:20 Lit in your end#Pr 12:1; 15:5,31–32
21Many plans are in a person’s heart,
but the Lord’s decree will prevail.#Ps 33:10–11; Pr 16:1,9,33; 21:31; Is 14:26–27
22What is desirable in a person is his fidelity;
better to be a poor person than a liar.#Pr 19:1; 28:6
23The fear of the Lord leads to life;
one will sleep at night#19:23 Lit will spend the night satisfied without danger.#Pr 14:26–27
24The slacker buries his hand in the bowl;
he doesn’t even bring it back to his mouth!#Pr 12:27; 20:4; 26:14–15
25Strike a mocker, and the inexperienced learn a lesson;#Pr 21:11
rebuke the discerning, and he gains knowledge.#Pr 9:8
26The one who plunders his father and evicts his mother
is a disgraceful and shameful son.
27If you stop listening to correction, my son,
you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28A worthless witness mocks justice,
and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity.#Jb 15:16; 34:7
29Judgments are prepared for mockers,
and beatings for the backs of fools.#Pr 10:13; 18:6; 26:3

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