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Proverbs 19 World English Bible (WEB)

19 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
    than he who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.
It isn’t good to have zeal without knowledge,
    nor being hasty with one’s feet and missing the way.
The foolishness of man subverts his way;
    his heart rages against Yahweh.
Wealth adds many friends,
    but the poor is separated from his friend.
A false witness shall not be unpunished.
    He who pours out lies shall not go free.
Many will entreat the favor of a ruler,
    and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.
All the relatives of the poor shun him:
    how much more do his friends avoid him!
    He pursues them with pleas, but they are gone.
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul.
    He who keeps understanding shall find good.
A false witness shall not be unpunished.
    He who utters lies shall perish.
10 Delicate living is not appropriate for a fool,
    much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger.
    It is his glory to overlook an offense.
12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion,
    but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father.
    A wife’s quarrels are a continual dripping.
14 House and riches are an inheritance from fathers,
    but a prudent wife is from Yahweh.
15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep.
    The idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
    but he who is contemptuous in his ways shall die.
17 He who has pity on the poor lends to Yahweh;
    he will reward him.
18 Discipline your son, for there is hope;
    don’t be a willing party to his death.
19 A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty,
    for if you rescue him, you must do it again.
20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
    that you may be wise in your latter end.
21 There are many plans in a man’s heart,
    but Yahweh’s counsel will prevail.
22 That which makes a man to be desired is his kindness.
    A poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of Yahweh leads to life, then contentment;
    he rests and will not be touched by trouble.
24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
    he will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Flog a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence;
    rebuke one who has understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
26 He who robs his father and drives away his mother
    is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.
27 If you stop listening to instruction, my son,
    you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A corrupt witness mocks justice,
    and the mouth of the wicked gulps down iniquity.
29 Penalties are prepared for scoffers,
    and beatings for the backs of fools.

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Proverbs 19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

On Life and Conduct

19 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
Than he who is perverse in [a]speech and is a fool.
Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge,
And he who hurries [b]his footsteps [c]errs.
The foolishness of man ruins his way,
And his heart rages against the Lord.
Wealth adds many friends,
But a poor man is separated from his friend.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who [d]tells lies will not escape.
Many will seek the favor of a [e]generous man,
And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.
All the brothers of a poor man hate him;
How much more do his friends abandon him!
He pursues them with words, but they are [f]gone.
He who gets [g]wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who [h]tells lies will perish.
10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool;
Much less for a slave to rule over princes.
11 A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger,
And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.
12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion,
But his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish son is destruction to his father,
And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.
14 House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the Lord.
15 Laziness casts into a deep sleep,
And an idle [i]man will suffer hunger.
16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who [j]is careless of [k]conduct will die.
17 One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord,
And He will repay him for his [l]good deed.
18 Discipline your son while there is hope,
And do not desire [m]his death.
19 A man of great anger will bear the penalty,
For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.
20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline,
That you may be wise [n]the rest of your days.
21 Many plans are in a man’s heart,
But the counsel of the Lord will stand.
22 What is desirable in a man is his [o]kindness,
And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
23 The [p]fear of the Lord leads to life,
So that one may sleep satisfied, [q]untouched by evil.
24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish,
But will not even bring it back to his mouth.
25 Strike a scoffer and the [r]naive may become shrewd,
But reprove one who has understanding and he will [s]gain knowledge.
26 He who assaults his father and drives his mother away
Is a shameful and disgraceful son.
27 Cease listening, my son, to discipline,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice,
And the mouth of the wicked [t]spreads iniquity.
29 [u]Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
And blows for the back of fools.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 19:1 Lit his lips
  2. Proverbs 19:2 Lit with his feet
  3. Proverbs 19:2 Lit sins
  4. Proverbs 19:5 Lit breathes
  5. Proverbs 19:6 Or noble
  6. Proverbs 19:7 Lit not
  7. Proverbs 19:8 Lit heart
  8. Proverbs 19:9 Lit breathes
  9. Proverbs 19:15 Lit soul
  10. Proverbs 19:16 Lit despises
  11. Proverbs 19:16 Lit ways
  12. Proverbs 19:17 Or benefits
  13. Proverbs 19:18 Lit causing him to die
  14. Proverbs 19:20 Lit in your latter end
  15. Proverbs 19:22 Or loyalty
  16. Proverbs 19:23 Or reverence
  17. Proverbs 19:23 Lit not visited
  18. Proverbs 19:25 Lit simple
  19. Proverbs 19:25 Lit discern
  20. Proverbs 19:28 Or swallows
  21. Proverbs 19:29 Gr Rods
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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