19 It is better to be poor and ·honest [L walking in innocence] than to be foolish and ·tell lies [L have crooked lips].
2 ·Enthusiasm [Desire; Zeal; Passion] without knowledge is not good. ·If you act too quickly, you might make a mistake [L Rushing feet make mistakes].
3 People’s own foolishness ·ruins their lives [L frustrates their path], but in their ·minds [L hearts] they ·blame [rage at] the Lord.
4 Wealthy people are always finding more friends, but the poor lose all theirs.
5 A witness who lies will not go ·free [unpunished]; liars will never escape.
6 Many people ·want to please [L seek the face of] a leader, and everyone is friends with those who give gifts.
7 Poor people’s relatives ·avoid [L hate] them; ·even [L how much more do] their friends stay far away. They run after them, begging, but they are gone.
8 Those who ·get wisdom [L acquire heart] ·do themselves a favor [L love themselves], and those who ·love learning [guard understanding] will succeed.
9 A witness who lies will not go ·free [unpunished], liars will ·die [perish].
10 A fool should not live in luxury. A slave should not rule over princes [Eccl. 10:5–7].
11 The ·wise [insightful] ·are patient [L hold in their anger]; they will be ·honored [praised; glorified] if they ignore ·insults [offenses].
12 An angry king is like a ·roaring [growling] lion, but his ·kindness [favor] is like the dew on the grass.
13 A foolish ·child [son] ·brings [is a] disaster to a father, and a ·quarreling [contentious] wife is like ·dripping water [constant dripping].
14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a ·wise [insightful] wife is a gift from the Lord.
15 Lazy people ·sleep a lot [L fall into a deep sleep], and idle people will go hungry.
16 Those who ·obey [guard] the commands ·protect [guard] themselves, but those who ·are careless [L despise their way] will die.
17 Being ·kind [gracious; generous] to the poor is like lending to the Lord; he will ·reward you for what you have done [fully repay you].
18 ·Correct [Discipline] your children while there is still hope; do not ·let them destroy themselves [or be intent to kill them].
19 People with quick tempers will have to pay for it. If you ·help them out once [rescue them], you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to advice and accept correction, and in the ·end [future] you will be wise.
21 People can make all kinds of plans, but only the Lord’s ·plan [purpose; advice] will ·happen [succeed].
22 People ·want [desire] others to be loyal, so it is better to be poor than to be a liar.
23 Those who ·respect [fear] the Lord will live and be satisfied, ·unbothered by trouble [sleep well and not experience harm].
24 Though the lazy person ·puts [L buries] his hand in the dish, he won’t lift the food to his mouth.
25 ·Whip those who make fun of wisdom [L Hit/Strike a mocker], and perhaps ·foolish [naive; immature; simpleminded] people will gain some ·wisdom [prudence]. Correct those with understanding, and they will gain knowledge.
26 A child who ·robs [devastates] his father and ·sends [drives] away his mother brings shame and disgrace on himself.
27 Don’t stop listening to correction, my child, or you will ·forget what you have already learned [L wander from knowledgeable speeches/words].
28 An ·evil [worthless] witness ·makes fun of fairness [mocks justice], and ·wicked people love what is evil [L the mouth of the wicked conveys guilt].
29 ·People who make fun of wisdom will be punished [L Punishments were made for mockers], and ·the backs of foolish people will be beaten [L blows for the backs of fools].
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