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Proverbs 19 (Holman Christian Standard)

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1 Better a poor man who walks in integrity than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool.a 2 Even zeal is not good without knowledge, and the one who acts hastilyb sins.c 3 A man's own foolishness leads him astray, yet his heart rages against the Lord. 4 Wealth attracts many friends, but a poor man is separated from his friend.d 5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who utters lies will not escape.e 6 Many seek the favor of a ruler,f and everyone is a friend of one who gives gifts.g 7 All the brothers of a poor man hate him; how much more do his friends keep their distance from him! He may pursue [them with] words, [but] they are not [there].h 8 The one who acquires good sensei loves himself; one who safeguards understanding finds success. 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who utters lies perishes.j 10 Luxury is not appropriate for a fool- how much less for a slave to rule over princes!k 11 A person's insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.l 12 A king's rage is like a lion's roar, but his favor is like dew on the grass.m 13 A foolish son is his father's ruin,n and a wife's nagging is an endless dripping.o 14 A house and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a sensible wife is from the Lord. 15 Laziness induces deep sleep, and a lazy person will go hungry.p 16 The one who keeps commands preserves himself; one who disregardsq his ways will die.r 17 Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord, and He will give a reward to the lender.s 18 Discipline your son while there is hope; don't be intent on killing him.t u 19 A person with great anger bears the penalty; if you rescue him, you'll have to do it again.v 20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction so that you may be wise in later life.w x 21 Many plans are in a man's heart, but the Lord's decree will prevail.y 22 A man's desire should be loyalty to the covenant; better to be a poor man than a perjurer.z 23 The fear of the Lord leads to life; one will sleep at nightaa without danger.bb 24 The slacker buries his hand in the bowl; he doesn't even bring it back to his mouth.cc 25 Strike a mocker, and the inexperienced learn a lesson; rebuke the discerning, and he gains knowledge.dd 26 The one who assaults his father and evicts his mother is a disgraceful and shameful son. 27 If you stop listening to instruction, 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.ee
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