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Proverbs 19 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 It is better to be poor and honest than to be foolish and tell lies. 1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good. If you act too quickly, you might make a mistake. 2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.
3 People's own foolishness ruins their lives, but in their minds they blame the Lord. 3 A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.
4 Wealthy people are always finding more friends, but the poor lose all theirs. 4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man's friend deserts him.
5 A witness who lies will not go free; liars will never escape. 5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
6 Many people want to please a leader, and everyone is friends with those who give gifts. 6 Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.
7 Poor people's relatives avoid them; even their friends stay far away. They run after them, begging, but they are gone. 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 Those who get wisdom do themselves a favor, and those who love learning will succeed. 8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.
9 A witness who lies will not go free, liars will die. 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.
10 A fool should not live in luxury. A slave should not rule over princes. 10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury-- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
11 Smart people are patient; they will be honored if they ignore insults. 11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
12 An angry king is like a roaring lion, but his kindness is like the dew on the grass. 12 A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish son will ruin his father, and a quarreling wife is like dripping water. 13 A foolish son is his father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.
14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a wise wife is a gift from the Lord. 14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Lazy people sleep a lot, and idle people will go hungry. 15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.
16 Those who obey the commands protect themselves, but those who are careless will die. 16 He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.
17 Being kind to the poor is like lending to the Lord; he will reward you for what you have done. 17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.
18 Correct your children while there is still hope; do not let them destroy themselves. 18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.
19 People with quick tempers will have to pay for it. If you help them out 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 Listen to advice and accept correction, and in the end you will be wise. 20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
21 People can make all kinds of plans, but only the Lord's plan will happen. 21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
22 People want others to be loyal, so it is better to be poor than to be a liar. 22 What a man desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.
23 Those who respect the Lord will live and be satisfied, unbothered by trouble. 23 The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
24 Though the lazy person puts his hand in the dish, he won't lift the food to his mouth. 24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25 Whip those who make fun of wisdom, and perhaps foolish people will gain some wisdom. Correct those with understanding, and they will gain knowledge. 25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.
26 A son who robs his father and sends away his mother brings shame and disgrace on himself. 26 He who robs his father and drives out his mother is a son who brings shame and disgrace.
27 Don't stop listening to correction, my child, or you will forget what you have already learned. 27 Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 An evil witness makes fun of fairness, and wicked people love what is evil. 28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
29 People who make fun of wisdom will be punished, and the backs of foolish people will be beaten. 29 Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.