New American Standard Bible
On Life and Conduct
19 (A)Better is a poor person who (B)walks in his integrity
Than a person who is perverse in [a]speech and is a fool.
2 Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge,
And one who hurries [b](C)his footsteps [c]errs.
3 The (D)foolishness of a person ruins his way,
And his heart (E)rages against the Lord.
4 (F)Wealth adds many friends,
But a poor person is separated from his friend.
5 A (G)false witness will not go unpunished,
And one who (H)declares lies will not escape.
6 (I)Many will seek the favor of a [d]generous person,
And every person is a friend to (J)him who gives gifts.
7 All the brothers of a poor person hate him;
How much more do his (K)friends abandon him!
He (L)pursues them with words, but they are [e]gone.
8 One who gets [f]wisdom loves his own soul;
One who keeps understanding will (M)find good.
9 A (N)false witness will not go unpunished,
And one who declares lies will perish.