Proverbs 19; Proverbs 20; Proverbs 21

1 It is better to be poor and honest than to be foolish and tell lies. 2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good. If you act too quickly, you might make a mistake. 3 People's own foolishness ruins their lives, but in their minds they blame the Lord. 4 Wealthy people are always finding more friends, but the poor lose all theirs. 5 A witness who lies will not go free; liars will never escape. 6 Many people want to please a leader, and everyone is friends with those who give gifts. 7 Poor people's relatives avoid them; even their friends stay far away. They run after them, begging, but they are gone. 8 Those who get wisdom do themselves a favor, and those who love learning will succeed. 9 A witness who lies will not go free, liars will die. 10 A fool should not live in luxury. A slave should not rule over princes. 11 Smart people are patient; they will be honored if they ignore insults. 12 An angry king is like a roaring lion, but his kindness is like the dew on the grass. 13 A foolish son will ruin his father, and a quarreling wife is like dripping water. 14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a wise wife is a gift from the Lord. 15 Lazy people sleep a lot, and idle people will go hungry. 16 Those who obey the commands protect themselves, but those who are careless will die. 17 Being kind to the poor is like lending to the Lord; he will reward you for what you have done. 18 Correct your children while there is still hope; do not let them destroy themselves. 19 People with quick tempers will have to pay for it. If you help them out once, you will have to do it again. 20 Listen to advice and accept correction, and in the end you will be wise. 21 People can make all kinds of plans, but only the Lord's plan will happen. 22 People want others to be loyal, so it is better to be poor than to be a liar. 23 Those who respect the Lord will live and be satisfied, unbothered by trouble. 24 Though the lazy person puts his hand in the dish, he won't lift the food to his mouth. 25 Whip those who make fun of wisdom, and perhaps foolish people will gain some wisdom. Correct those with understanding, and they will gain knowledge. 26 A son who robs his father and sends away his mother brings shame and disgrace on himself. 27 Don't stop listening to correction, my child, or you will forget what you have already learned. 28 An evil witness makes fun of fairness, and wicked people love what is evil. 29 People who make fun of wisdom will be punished, and the backs of foolish people will be beaten.
1 Wine and beer make people loud and uncontrolled; it is not wise to get drunk on them. 2 An angry king is like a roaring lion. Making him angry may cost you your life. 3 Foolish people are always fighting, but avoiding quarrels will bring you honor. 4 Lazy farmers don't plow when they should; they expect a harvest, but there is none. 5 People's thoughts can be like a deep well, but someone with understanding can find the wisdom there. 6 Many people claim to be loyal, but it is hard to find a trustworthy person. 7 The good people who live honest lives will be a blessing to their children. 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he knows evil when he sees it. 9 No one can say, "I am innocent; I have never done anything wrong." 10 The Lord hates both these things: dishonest weights and dishonest measures. 11 Even children are known by their behavior; their actions show if they are innocent and good. 12 The Lord has made both these things: ears to hear and eyes to see. 13 If you love to sleep, you will be poor. If you stay awake, you will have plenty of food. 14 Buyers say, "This is bad. It's no good." Then they go away and brag about what they bought. 15 There is gold and plenty of rubies, but only a few people speak with knowledge. 16 Take the coat of someone who promises to pay a stranger's debts, and keep it until he pays what the stranger owes. 17 Stolen food may taste sweet at first, but later it will feel like a mouth full of gravel. 18 Get advice if you want your plans to work. If you go to war, get the advice of others. 19 Gossips can't keep secrets, so avoid people who talk too much. 20 Those who curse their father or mother will be like a light going out in darkness. 21 Wealth inherited quickly in the beginning will do you no good in the end. 22 Don't say, "I'll pay you back for the wrong you did." Wait for the Lord, and he will make things right. 23 The Lord hates dishonest weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. 24 The Lord decides what a person will do; no one understands what his life is all about. 25 It's dangerous to promise something to God too quickly. After you've thought about it, it may be too late. 26 A wise king sorts out the evil people, and he punishes them as they deserve. 27 The Lord looks deep inside people and searches through their thoughts. 28 Loyalty and truth keep a king in power; he continues to rule if he is loyal. 29 Young men glory in their strength, and old men are honored for their gray hair. 30 Hard punishment will get rid of evil, and whippings can change an evil heart.
1 The Lord can control a king's mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases. 2 You may believe you are doing right, but the Lord judges your reasons. 3 Doing what is right and fair is more important to the Lord than sacrifices. 4 Proud looks, proud thoughts, and evil actions are sin. 5 The plans of hard-working people earn a profit, but those who act too quickly become poor. 6 Wealth that comes from telling lies vanishes like a mist and leads to death. 7 The violence of the wicked will destroy them, because they refuse to do what is right. 8 Guilty people live dishonest lives, but honest people do right. 9 It is better to live in a corner on the roofn than inside the house with a quarreling wife. 10 Evil people only want to harm others. Their neighbors get no mercy from them. 11 If you punish those who make fun of wisdom, a foolish person may gain some wisdom. But if you teach the wise, they will get knowledge. 12 God, who is always right, watches the house of the wicked and brings ruin on every evil person. 13 Whoever ignores the poor when they cry for help will also cry for help and not be answered. 14 A secret gift will calm an angry person; a present given in secrecy will quiet great anger. 15 When justice is done, good people are happy, but evil people are ruined. 16 Whoever does not use good sense will end up among the dead. 17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and perfume will never be rich. 18 Wicked people will suffer instead of good people, and those who cannot be trusted will suffer instead of those who do right. 19 It is better to live alone in the desert than with a quarreling and complaining wife. 20 Wise people's houses are full of the best foods and olive oil, but fools waste everything they have. 21 Whoever tries to live right and be loyal finds life, success, and honor. 22 A wise person can defeat a city full of warriors and tear down the defenses they trust in. 23 Those who are careful about what they say keep themselves out of trouble. 24 People who act with stubborn pride are called "proud," "bragger," and "mocker." 25 Lazy people's desire for sleep will kill them, because they refuse to work. 26 All day long they wish for more, but good people give without holding back. 27 The Lord hates sacrifices brought by evil people, particularly when they offer them for the wrong reasons. 28 A lying witness will be forgotten, but a truthful witness will speak on. 29 Wicked people are stubborn, but good people think carefully about what they do. 30 There is no wisdom, understanding, or advice that can succeed against the Lord. 31 You can get the horses ready for battle, but it is the Lord who gives the victory.
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