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Proverbs 19 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

19 Better a poor person who lives with integrity
than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool.

Even zeal is not good without knowledge,
and the one who acts hastily[a] sins.

A person’s own foolishness leads him astray,
yet his heart rages against the Lord.

Wealth attracts many friends,
but a poor person is separated from his friend.

A false witness will not go unpunished,
and one who utters lies will not escape.

Many seek a ruler’s favor,
and everyone is a friend of one who gives gifts.

All the brothers of a poor person hate him;
how much more do his friends
keep their distance from him!
He may pursue them with words,
but they are not there.[b]

The one who acquires good sense[c] loves himself;
one who safeguards understanding finds success.

A false witness will not go unpunished,
and one who utters lies perishes.

10 Luxury is not appropriate for a fool
how much less for a slave to rule over princes!

11 A person’s insight gives him patience,
and his virtue is to overlook an offense.

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

13 A foolish son is his father’s ruin,
and a wife’s nagging is an endless dripping.

14 A house and wealth are inherited from fathers,
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

15 Laziness induces deep sleep,
and a lazy person will go hungry.

16 The one who keeps commands preserves himself;
one who disregards[d] his ways will die.

17 Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord,
and he will give a reward to the lender.[e]

18 Discipline your son while there is hope;
don’t set your heart on being the cause of his death.[f]

19 A person with intense anger bears the penalty;
if you rescue him, you’ll have to do it again.

20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction
so that you may be wise later in life.[g]

21 Many plans are in a person’s heart,
but the Lord’s decree will prevail.

22 What is desirable in a person is his fidelity;
better to be a poor person than a liar.

23 The fear of the Lord leads to life;
one will sleep at night[h] without danger.

24 The slacker buries his hand in the bowl;
he doesn’t even bring it back to his mouth!

25 Strike a mocker, and the inexperienced learn a lesson;
rebuke the discerning, and he gains knowledge.

26 The one who plunders his father and evicts his mother
is a disgraceful and shameful son.

27 If you stop listening to correction, my son,
you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28 A worthless witness mocks justice,
and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity.

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

Footnotes:

  1. 19:2 Lit who is hasty with feet
  2. 19:7 Hb uncertain
  3. 19:8 Lit acquires a heart
  4. 19:16 Or despises, or treats lightly
  5. 19:17 Lit to him
  6. 19:18 Lit don’t lift up your soul to his death
  7. 19:20 Lit in your end
  8. 19:23 Lit will spend the night satisfied
Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Proverbs 19 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

19 Better the poor walking in integrity
    than one perverse of speech who is a fool.
Desire without knowledge is not good,
    and one who moves too hurriedly misses the way.
One’s own folly leads to ruin,
    yet the heart rages against the Lord.
Wealth brings many friends,
    but the poor are left friendless.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
    and a liar will not escape.
Many seek the favor of the generous,
    and everyone is a friend to a giver of gifts.
If the poor are hated even by their kin,
    how much more are they shunned by their friends!
When they call after them, they are not there.[a]
To get wisdom is to love oneself;
    to keep understanding is to prosper.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
    and the liar will perish.
10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury,
    much less for a slave to rule over princes.
11 Those with good sense are slow to anger,
    and it is their glory to overlook an offense.
12 A king’s anger is like the growling of a lion,
    but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A stupid child is ruin to a father,
    and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
14 House and wealth are inherited from parents,
    but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
15 Laziness brings on deep sleep;
    an idle person will suffer hunger.
16 Those who keep the commandment will live;
    those who are heedless of their ways will die.
17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
    and will be repaid in full.
18 Discipline your children while there is hope;
    do not set your heart on their destruction.
19 A violent tempered person will pay the penalty;
    if you effect a rescue, you will only have to do it again.[b]
20 Listen to advice and accept instruction,
    that you may gain wisdom for the future.
21 The human mind may devise many plans,
    but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.
22 What is desirable in a person is loyalty,
    and it is better to be poor than a liar.
23 The fear of the Lord is life indeed;
    filled with it one rests secure
    and suffers no harm.
24 The lazy person buries a hand in the dish,
    and will not even bring it back to the mouth.
25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence;
    reprove the intelligent, and they will gain knowledge.
26 Those who do violence to their father and chase away their mother
    are children who cause shame and bring reproach.
27 Cease straying, my child, from the words of knowledge,
    in order that you may hear instruction.
28 A worthless witness mocks at justice,
    and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
29 Condemnation is ready for scoffers,
    and flogging for the backs of fools.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 19:7 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  2. Proverbs 19:19 Meaning of Heb uncertain
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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