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Proverbs 19 The Passion Translation (TPT)

19 It’s better to be honest, even if it leads to poverty,

than to live as a dishonest fool.
The best way to live is with revelation-knowledge,
for without it, you’ll grow impatient and run right into error.[a]
There are some people who ruin their own lives
and then blame it all on God.
Being wealthy means having lots of “friends,”
but the poor can’t keep the ones they have.
Perjury won’t go unpunished,
and liars will get all that they deserve.
Everyone wants to be close to the rich and famous,
but a generous person has all the friends he wants!
When a man is poor, even his family has no use for him.
How much more will his “friends” avoid him—
for though he begs for help, they won’t respond.[b]
Do yourself a favor and love wisdom.
Learn all you can,
then watch your life flourish and prosper!
Tell lies and you’re going to get caught,
and the habitual liar is doomed.
10 It doesn’t seem right when you see a fool
living in the lap of luxury
or a prideful servant ruling over princes.
11 A wise person demonstrates patience,
for mercy[c] means holding your tongue.
When you are insulted,
be quick to forgive and forget it,
for you are virtuous when you overlook an offense.
12 The rage of a king is like the roar of a lion,
but his sweet favor is like a gentle, refreshing rain.
13 A rebellious son breaks a father’s heart,
and a nagging wife can drive you crazy!
14 You can inherit houses and land from your parents,
but a good[d] wife only comes as a gracious gift from God!
15 Go ahead—be lazy and passive.
But you’ll go hungry if you live that way.
16 Honor God’s holy instructions
and life will go well for you.
But if you despise his ways and choose your own plans,
you will die.
17 Every time you give to the poor you make a loan to the Lord.
Don’t worry—you’ll be repaid in full for all the good you’ve done.
18 Don’t be afraid to discipline your children
while they’re still young enough to learn.
Don’t indulge your children or be swayed by their protests.
19 A hot-tempered man has to pay the price for his anger.[e]
If you bail him out once,
you’ll do it a dozen times.
20 Listen well to wise counsel
and be willing to learn from correction
so that by the end of your life
you’ll be known for your wisdom.
21 A person may have many ideas concerning God’s plan for his life,
but only the designs of his purpose will succeed in the end.
22 A man is charming when he displays tender mercies to others.
And a lover of God who is poor and promises nothing
is better than a rich liar who never keeps his promises.
23 When you live a life of abandoned love,
surrendered before the awe of God,
here’s what you’ll experience:
Abundant life. Continual protection.[f]
And complete satisfaction!
24 There are some people who pretend they’re hurt—
deadbeats who won’t even work to feed themselves.[g]
25 If you punish the insolent who don’t know any better,
they will learn not to mock.
But if you correct a wise man,
he will grow even wiser.
26 Children who mistreat their parents
are an embarrassment to their family and a public disgrace.
27 So listen, my child.
Don’t reject correction
or you will certainly wander from the ways of truth.[h]
28 A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice,
for the wicked never play by the rules.[i]
29 Judgment is waiting for those who mock the truth,
and foolish living invites a beating.


  1. Proverbs 19:2 Or “sin.”
  2. Proverbs 19:7 The Aramaic and the Septuagint add a sentence not found in the Hebrew: “The one who is malicious with his words is not to be trusted.”
  3. Proverbs 19:11 The word translated “mercy” (merciful) here is found only in the Septuagint.
  4. Proverbs 19:14 Literally “prudent” or “understanding” wife.
  5. Proverbs 19:19 There is an implication in the Hebrew that he will get into legal trouble. An alternate translation of this verse could be “An evil-minded man will be injured; if you rescue him, his anger will only intensify.”
  6. Proverbs 19:23 Or “You will not be remembered for evil.”
  7. Proverbs 19:24 Or “The lazy man buries his fork in his plate and won’t even lift it to his mouth.”
  8. Proverbs 19:27 Or “Stop listening to instruction that contradicts what you know is truth.”
  9. Proverbs 19:28 Or “The heart of the wicked feeds on evil.”
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Proverbs 19 New International Version (NIV)

19 Better the poor whose walk is blameless
    than a fool whose lips are perverse.

Desire without knowledge is not good—
    how much more will hasty feet miss the way!

A person’s own folly leads to their ruin,
    yet their heart rages against the Lord.

Wealth attracts many friends,
    but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.

A false witness will not go unpunished,
    and whoever pours out lies will not go free.

Many curry favor with a ruler,
    and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.

The 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.[a]

The one who gets wisdom loves life;
    the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.

A false witness will not go unpunished,
    and whoever pours out lies will perish.

10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury—
    how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!

11 A person’s wisdom yields patience;
    it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

12 A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion,
    but his favor is like dew on the grass.

13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin,
    and a quarrelsome wife is like
    the constant dripping of a leaky roof.

14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,
    but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

15 Laziness brings on deep sleep,
    and the shiftless go hungry.

16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life,
    but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.

17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
    and he will reward them for what they have done.

18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;
    do not be a willing party to their death.

19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty;
    rescue them, and you will have to do it again.

20 Listen to advice and accept discipline,
    and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

22 What a person desires is unfailing love[b];
    better to be poor than a liar.

23 The fear of the Lord leads to life;
    then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

24 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
    he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
    rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.

26 Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother
    is a child who brings shame and disgrace.

27 Stop listening to instruction, my son,
    and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice,
    and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

29 Penalties are prepared for mockers,
    and beatings for the backs of fools.


  1. Proverbs 19:7 The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.
  2. Proverbs 19:22 Or Greed is a person’s shame
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