Proverbs 19-21 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
19 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips and is a fool.
2 Even as a soul without knowledge is not good, so he that maketh haste with his feet sinneth.
3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way, and his heart fretteth against the Lord.
4 Wealth maketh many friends, but the poor is separated from his neighbor.
5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
6 Many will entreat the favor of the prince, and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
7 All the brethren of the poor hate him—how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursueth them with words, yet they are not forthcoming to him.
8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul; he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
10 Delight is not seemly for a fool, much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger, and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12 The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as dew upon the grass.
13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father, and the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.
14 House and riches are the inheritance from fathers, and a prudent wife is from the Lord.
15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep, and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul, but he that despiseth His ways shall die.
17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord, and that which he hath given, He will repay him again.
18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare him for his crying.
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment; for if thou rescue him, yet thou must do it again.
20 Hear counsel and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.
22 What is desired of a man is his kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life, and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware; reprove one that hath understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
26 He that afflicteth his father and chaseth away his mother is a son that causeth shame and bringeth reproach.
27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth thee to err from the words of knowledge.
28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment, and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
20 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is enraging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
2 The wrath of a king is as the roaring of a lion; whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
3 It is an honor for a man to cease from strife, but every fool will be meddling.
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest and have nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness; but a faithful man, who can find?
7 The just man walketh in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.
8 A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”?
10 Differing weights and differing measures—both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure and whether it be right.
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.
13 Love not sleep lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
14 “It is nought, it is worthless!” saith the buyer; but when he has gone his way, then he boasteth.
15 There is gold and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
17 The bread of deceit is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
18 Every purpose is established by counsel, but only with good advice make war.
19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily in the beginning, but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
22 Say thou not, “I will recompense evil”; but wait on the Lord, and He shall save thee.
23 Differing weights are an abomination unto the Lord, and a false balance is not good.
24 Man’s goings are of the Lord; how then can a man understand his own way?
25 It is a snare for a man to devour that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.
26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and driveth the wheel over them.
27 The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of his being.
28 Mercy and truth preserve the king, and his throne is upheld by mercy.
29 The glory of young men is their strength, and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
30 The bruising of a wound cleanseth away evil—so also do stripes the inward parts of the being.
21 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; as the rivers of water, He turneth it whithersoever He will.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord pondereth the hearts.
3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4 A haughty look and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, are sin.
5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness, but of everyone that is hasty, only to want.
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity which is tossed to and fro by them that seek death.
7 The robberies of the wicked shall destroy them, because they refuse to do judgment.
8 The way of man is froward and strange, but as for the pure, his work is right.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than with a brawling woman in a large house.
10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil; his neighbor findeth no favor in his eyes.
11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise; and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked, how God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall himself cry, but shall not be heard.
14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger, and a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.
15 It is a joy to the just to do judgment, but destruction shall come to the workers of iniquity.
16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness than with a contentious and angry woman.
20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man spendeth it up.
21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness and honor.
22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of their confidence.
23 Whoso guardeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
25 The desire of the slothful killeth him, for his hands refuse to labor;
26 he coveteth greedily all the day long, but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more so when he bringeth it with a wicked mind!
28 A false witness shall perish, but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
29 A wicked man hardeneth his face, but as for the upright, he considereth his ways.
30 There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel against the Lord.
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but safety is from the Lord.