Proverbs 19 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 It is better to be poor and to live without blame than to be foolish and to twist words around. 1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
2 It isn't good to get all stirred up without knowledge. And it isn't good to be in a hurry and miss the way. 2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.
3 A man's own foolish acts destroy his life. But his heart is angry with the Lord. 3 A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.
4 Wealth brings many friends. But the friends of poor people leave them alone. 4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man's friend deserts him.
5 A dishonest witness will be punished. And those who pour out lies will not go free. 5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
6 Many try to win the favor of rulers. And everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts. 6 Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.
7 A poor person is avoided by his whole family. His friends avoid him even more. The poor person runs after them to beg. But he can't find them. 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 Anyone who gets wisdom loves himself. Anyone who values understanding succeeds. 8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.
9 A dishonest witness will be punished. And those who pour out lies will die. 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.
10 It isn't proper for a foolish person to live in great comfort. And it is much worse when a slave rules 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 A man's wisdom makes him patient. He will be honored if he forgives someone who sins against him. 11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
12 A king's anger is like a lion's roar. But his favor is like 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 If a child is foolish, he destroys his father. A nagging wife is like dripping that never stops. 13 A foolish son is his father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.
14 You will receive houses and wealth from your parents. But a wise wife is given by the Lord. 14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Anyone who doesn't want to work sleeps his life away. And a person who refuses to work goes hungry. 15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.
16 Those who obey what they are taught guard their lives. But those who don't care how they live will die. 16 He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.
17 Anyone who is kind to poor people lends to the Lord. God will reward him for what he has done. 17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.
18 Train your child. Then there is hope. Don't do anything to bring about his death. 18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.
19 Anyone who burns with anger must pay for it. If you save him, 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 what you are taught. In the end you will be wise. 20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
21 A man may have many plans in his heart. But the LORD's purpose wins out in the end. 21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
22 Every man longs for love that never fails. 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 Having respect for the LORD leads to life. Then you will be content and free from trouble. 23 The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
24 A person who doesn't want to work leaves his hand in the dish. He won't even bring it back up to his mouth! 24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25 If you whip a person who makes fun of others, childish people will learn to be wise. If you warn someone who already understands what is right, he will gain even more knowledge. 25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.
26 A child who robs his father and drives out his mother brings shame and dishonor. 26 He who robs his father and drives out his mother is a son who brings shame and disgrace.
27 My son, if you stop listening to what I teach you, you will wander away from the words of knowledge. 27 Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A dishonest witness makes fun of what is right. The mouths of those who do wrong gulp down evil. 28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
29 Those who make fun of others will be judged. Foolish people will be punished. 29 Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.