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Proverbs 19 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Better to be poor and honest than a rich person no one can trust. 1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
2 Ignorant zeal is worthless; haste makes waste. 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 stupidity, so why does God always get blamed? 3 A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.
4 Wealth attracts friends as honey draws flies, but poor people are avoided like a plague. 4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man's friend deserts him.
5 Perjury won't go unpunished. Would you let a liar go free? 5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
6 Lots of people flock around a generous person; everyone's a friend to the philanthropist. 6 Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.
7 When you're down on your luck, even your family avoids you - yes, even your best friends wish you'd get lost. If they see you coming, they look the other way - out of sight, out of mind. 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 Grow a wise heart - you'll do yourself a favor; keep a clear head - you'll find a good life. 8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.
9 The person who tells lies gets caught; the person who spreads rumors is ruined. 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.
10 Blockheads shouldn't live on easy street any more than workers should give orders to their boss. 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 know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget. 11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
12 Mean-tempered leaders are like mad dogs; the good-natured are like fresh morning dew. 12 A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A parent is worn to a frazzle by a stupid child; a nagging spouse is a leaky faucet. 13 A foolish son is his father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.
14 House and land are handed down from parents, but a congenial spouse comes straight from God. 14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Life collapses on loafers; lazybones go hungry. 15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.
16 Keep the rules and keep your life; careless living kills. 16 He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.
17 Mercy to the needy is a loan to God, and God pays back those loans in full. 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 you still have the chance; indulging them destroys them. 18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.
19 Let angry people endure the backlash of their own anger; if you try to make it better, you'll only make it worse. 19 A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
20 Take good counsel and accept correction - that's the way to live wisely and well. 20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
21 We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God's purpose prevails. 21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
22 It's only human to want to make a buck, but it's better to be poor than a liar. 22 What a man desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.
23 Fear-of-God is life itself, a full life, and serene - no nasty surprises. 23 The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
24 Some people dig a fork into the pie but are too lazy to raise it to their mouth. 24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25 Punish the insolent - make an example of them. Who knows? Somebody might learn a good lesson. 25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.
26 Kids who lash out against their parents are an embarrassment and disgrace. 26 He who robs his father and drives out his mother is a son who brings shame and disgrace.
27 If you quit listening, dear child, and strike off on your own, you'll soon be out of your depth. 27 Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 An unprincipled witness desecrates justice; the mouths of the wicked spew malice. 28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
29 The irreverent have to learn reverence the hard way; only a slap in the face brings fools to attention. 29 Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.