Proverbs 19 TNIV

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

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2 Desire without knowledge is not good-- how much more will hasty feet miss the way!2

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3 One's own folly3 leads to ruin, yet the heart rages against the LORD.4

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4 Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friends of the poor desert them.5

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5 A false witness6 will not go unpunished,7 and whoever 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 one who gives gifts.10

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7 The poor are shunned by all their relatives-- how much more do their friends avoid them!11 Though they pursue 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 Those who get wisdom love their own lives; those who cherish understanding will soon prosper.13

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      9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever 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 person's wisdom yields patience;17 it is to one's 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 child is a father's ruin,21 and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.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 go hungry.25

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          16 Those who obey instructions preserve their lives, but those who are contemptuous of their ways will die.26

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          17 Those who are kind to the poor lend to the LORD,27 and he will reward them for what they have done.28

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

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          19 The hot-tempered must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.
          20 Listen to advice and accept discipline,30 and at the end you will be counted among the wise.31

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

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

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            • b 19:22 - Or "Greed is a person's shame"
              23 The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.33

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              24 Sluggards bury their hands in the dish and will not even bring them back to their mouths!34

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

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              26 Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother37 is a child who brings shame and disgrace.

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              27 Stop listening to instruction, my child,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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