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Proverbs 19 (Today's New International Version)

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1 Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.1 2 Desire without knowledge is not good-- how much more will hasty feet miss the way!2 3 One's own folly3 leads to ruin, yet the heart rages against the LORD.4 4 Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friends of the poor desert them.5 5 A false witness6 will not go unpunished,7 and whoever pours out lies will not go free.8 6 Many curry favor with a ruler,9 and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.10 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 8 Those who get wisdom love their own lives; those who cherish understanding will soon prosper.13 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever 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 person's wisdom yields patience;17 it is to one's glory to overlook an offense. 12 A king's rage is like the roar of a lion,18 but his favor is like dew19 on the grass.20 13 A foolish child is a father's ruin,21 and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.22 14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,23 but a prudent wife is from the LORD.24 15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.25 16 Those who obey instructions preserve their lives, but those who are contemptuous of their ways will die.26 17 Those who are kind to the poor lend to the LORD,27 and he will reward them for what they have done.28 18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.29 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 21 Many are the plans in a human heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.32 22 What a person desires is unfailing loveb; better to be poor than a liar. 23 The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.33 24 Sluggards bury their hands in the dish and will not even bring them back to their mouths!34 25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning,35 and they will gain knowledge.36 26 Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother37 is a child who brings shame and disgrace. 27 Stop listening to instruction, my child,38 and you will stray from the words of knowledge. 28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.39 29 Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.40
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