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Proverbs 19:1-12 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

19 Better the poor whose way of life 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 favour 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 offence.

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

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 19:7 The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.
New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

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