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Proverbs 19 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
2 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, And he sins who hastens with his feet. 2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.
3 The foolishness of a man twists his way, And his heart frets against the Lord. 3 A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.
4 Wealth makes many friends, But the poor is separated from his friend. 4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man's friend deserts him.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape. 5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
6 Many entreat the favor of the nobility, And every man is a friend to one who gives gifts. 6 Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.
7 All the brothers of the poor hate him; How much more do his friends go far from him! He may pursue them with words, yet they abandon him. 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 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good. 8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish. 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.
10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool, Much less for a servant to 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 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression. 11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
12 The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion, 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 A foolish son is the ruin of his father, And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping. 13 A foolish son is his father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.
14 Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord. 14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger. 15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.
16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die. 16 He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.
17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given. 17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.
18 Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction. 18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.
19 A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; For if you rescue 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 counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days. 20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
21 There are many plans in a man's heart, Nevertheless the Lord's counsel--that will stand. 21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
22 What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar. 22 What a man desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.
23 The fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil. 23 The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
24 A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. 24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become wary; Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge. 25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.
26 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach. 26 He who robs his father and drives out his mother is a son who brings shame and disgrace.
27 Cease listening to instruction, my son, And you will stray from the words of knowledge. 27 Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A disreputable witness scorns justice, And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity. 28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And beatings for the backs of fools. 29 Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.