Proverbs 19:1-11 (New International Version)

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1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.1 2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.2 3 A man's own folly3 ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.4 4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man's friend deserts him.5 5 A false witness6 will not go unpunished,7 and he who pours out lies will not go free.8 6 Many curry favor with a ruler,9 and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.10 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 8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.13 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.14 10 It is not fitting for a fool15 to live in luxury-- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!16 11 A man's wisdom gives him patience;17 it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
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