19 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in [a]speech and is a fool. 2 Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries [b]his footsteps [c]errs. 3 The foolishness of man ruins his way, And his heart rages against the Lord. 4 Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend. 5 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who [d]tells lies will not escape. 6 Many will seek the favor of a [e]generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts. 7 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. 8 He who gets [g]wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good. 9 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 Lordleads 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.
On Life and Conduct
20 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever [v]is intoxicated by it is not wise. 2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger [w]forfeits his own life. 3 [x]Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will [y]quarrel. 4 The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he [z]begs during the harvest and has nothing. 5 A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out. 6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man? 7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity— How blessed are his sons after him. 8 A king who sits on the throne of justice [aa]Disperses all evil with his eyes. 9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin”? 10 [ab]Differing weights and differing measures, Both of them are abominable to the Lord. 11 It is by his deeds that a lad [ac]distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right. 12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The Lord has made both of them. 13 Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with [ad]food. 14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer, But when he goes his way, then he boasts. 15 There is gold, and an abundance of [ae]jewels; But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing. 16 Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for foreigners, hold him in pledge. 17 Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel. 18 Prepare plans by consultation, And make war by wise guidance. 19 He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with [af]a gossip. 20 He who curses his father or his mother, His lamp will go out in [ag]time of darkness. 21 An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end. 22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you. 23 [ah]Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord, And a [ai]false scale is not good. 24 Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, How then can man understand his way? 25 It is a trap for a man to say rashly, “It is holy!” And after the vows to make inquiry. 26 A wise king winnows the wicked, And [aj]drives the threshing wheel over them. 27 The [ak]spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the [al]innermost parts of his being. 28 [am]Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by [an]righteousness. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, And the [ao]honor of old men is their gray hair. 30 Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes reach the [ap]innermost parts.
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