Proverbs 19 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 It is better to be poor but honest than to be a lying fool. 1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good; impatience will get you into trouble. 2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.
3 Some people ruin themselves by their own stupid actions and then blame the Lord. 3 A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.
4 Rich people are always finding new friends, but the poor cannot keep the few they have. 4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man's friend deserts him.
5 If you tell lies in court, you will be punished - there will be no escape. 5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
6 Everyone tries to gain the favor of important people; everyone claims the friendship of those who give out favors. 6 Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.
7 Even the relatives of a poor person have no use for him; no wonder he has no friends. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot win any. 7 A poor man is shunned by all his relatives-- how much more do his friends avoid him! Though he pursues them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found.
8 Do yourself a favor and learn all you can; then remember what you learn and you will prosper. 8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.
9 No one who tells lies in court can escape punishment; he is doomed. 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.
10 Fools should not live in luxury, and slaves should not rule over noblemen. 10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury-- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
11 If you are sensible, you will control your temper. When someone wrongs you, it is a great virtue to ignore it. 11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
12 The king's anger is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like welcome rain. 12 A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 Stupid children can bring their parents to ruin. A nagging wife is like water going drip-drip-drip. 13 A foolish son is his father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.
14 A man can inherit a house and money from his parents, but only the Lord can give him a sensible wife. 14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Go ahead and be lazy; sleep on, but you will go hungry. 15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.
16 Keep God's laws and you will live longer; if you ignore them, you will die. 16 He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.
17 When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord, and the Lord will pay you back. 17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.
18 Discipline your children while they are young enough to learn. If you don't, you are helping them destroy themselves. 18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.
19 If someone has a hot temper, let him take the consequences. If you get him out of trouble once, you will have to do it again. 19 A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
20 If you listen to advice and are willing to learn, one day you will be wise. 20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
21 People may plan all kinds of things, but the Lord's will is going to be done. 21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
22 It is a disgrace to be greedy; poor people are better off than liars. 22 What a man desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.
23 Obey the Lord and you will live a long life, content and safe from harm. 23 The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
24 Some people are too lazy to put food in their own mouths. 24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25 Arrogance should be punished, so that people who don't know any better can learn a lesson. If you are wise, you will learn when you are corrected. 25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.
26 Only a shameful, disgraceful person would mistreat his father or turn his mother away from his home. 26 He who robs his father and drives out his mother is a son who brings shame and disgrace.
27 My child, when you stop learning, you will soon neglect what you already know. 27 Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 There is no justice where a witness is determined to hurt someone. Wicked people love the taste of evil. 28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
29 A conceited fool is sure to get a beating. 29 Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.