Proverbs 19 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a man who is perverse in speech, and is a fool. 1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
2 It is not good for a man to be without knowledge, and he who makes haste with his feet misses his way. 2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.
3 When a man's folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD. 3 A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.
4 Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by 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 utters lies will not escape. 5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
6 Many seek the favor of a generous man, and every one is a friend to a man who gives gifts. 6 Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.
7 All a poor man's brothers hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but does not have 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 He who gets wisdom loves himself; he who keeps 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 he who utters lies will perish. 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.
10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury, much less 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 Good sense makes a man slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. 11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
12 A king's wrath is like the growling of a lion, but his favor is like dew upon 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 ruin to his father, and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain. 13 A foolish son is his father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.
14 House and wealth are inherited 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 Slothfulness casts 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 life; he who despises the word will die. 16 He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.
17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed. 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 son while there is hope; 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 pay the penalty; for if you deliver him, you will only 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 instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future. 20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will be established. 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 loyalty, 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 rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm. 23 The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, and will not even bring it back to his mouth. 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 learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge. 25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.
26 He who does violence to 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, my son, to hear instruction only to stray from the words of knowledge. 27 Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A worthless witness mocks at 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 Condemnation is ready for scoffers, and flogging for the backs of fools. 29 Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.