Proverbs 19 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 It is better to be poor and honest than to be a fool and dishonest. 1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
2 Zeal without knowledge is not good; a person who moves too quickly may go the wrong way. 2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.
3 People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD. 3 A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.
4 Wealth makes many "friends"; poverty drives them away. 4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man's friend deserts him.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape. 5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
6 Many beg favors from a prince; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts! 6 Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.
7 If the relatives of the poor despise them, how much more will their friends avoid them. The poor call after them, 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 To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper. 8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will be destroyed. 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.
10 It isn't right for a fool to live in luxury or for a slave 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 People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs. 11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
12 The 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 A foolish child is a calamity to a father; a nagging wife annoys like a constant dripping. 13 A foolish son is his father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.
14 Parents can provide their sons with an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the LORD can give an understanding wife. 14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 A lazy person sleeps soundly -- and goes hungry. 15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.
16 Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death. 16 He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.
17 If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD -- and he will repay you! 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 there is hope. If you don't, you will ruin their lives. 18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.
19 Short-tempered people must pay their own penalty. If you rescue them 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 Get all the advice and instruction you can, and be wise the rest of your life. 20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
21 You can make many plans, but the LORD's purpose will prevail. 21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
22 Loyalty makes a person attractive. And it is better to be poor than dishonest. 22 What a man desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.
23 Fear of the LORD gives life, security, and protection from harm. 23 The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
24 Some people are so lazy that they won't even lift a finger to feed themselves. 24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you reprove the wise, they will be all the wiser. 25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.
26 Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother are a public disgrace and an embarrassment. 26 He who robs his father and drives out his mother is a son who brings shame and disgrace.
27 If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you have turned your back on knowledge. 27 Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice; the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil. 28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
29 Mockers will be punished, and the backs of fools will be beaten. 29 Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.