Proverbs 19 NIV

1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.1

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2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.2

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3 A man's own folly3 ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.4

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4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man's friend deserts him.5

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5 A false witness6 will not go unpunished,7 and he who pours out lies will not go free.8

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6 Many curry favor with a ruler,9 and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.10

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7 A poor man is shunned by all his relatives-- how much more do his friends avoid him!11 Though he pursues them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found.a12

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    • a 19:7 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.
      8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.13

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      9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.14

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          10 It is not fitting for a fool15 to live in luxury-- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!16

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          11 A man's wisdom gives him patience;17 it is to his glory to overlook an offense.

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          12 A king's rage is like the roar of a lion,18 but his favor is like dew19 on the grass.20

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          13 A foolish son is his father's ruin,21 and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.22

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          14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,23 but a prudent wife is from the LORD.24

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          15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.25

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          16 He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.26

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          17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD,27 and he will reward him for what he has done.28

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          18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.29

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          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,30 and in the end you will be wise.31

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          21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.32

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          22 What a man desires is unfailing loveb; better to be poor than a liar.

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            • b 19:22 - Or "A man's greed is his shame"
              23 The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.33

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              24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!34

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              25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke a discerning man,35 and he will gain knowledge.36

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              26 He who robs his father and drives out his mother37 is a son who brings shame and disgrace.

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              27 Stop listening to instruction, my son,38 and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

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              28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.39

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              29 Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.40

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