Proverbs 19:10-20

10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury— how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
11 A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
12 A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.
14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.
16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.
18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.
19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

Proverbs 19:10 in Other Translations

KJV
10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
ESV
10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury, much less for a slave to rule over princes.
NLT
10 It isn’t right for a fool to live in luxury or for a slave to rule over princes!
MSG
10 Blockheads shouldn't live on easy street any more than workers should give orders to their boss.
CSB
10 Luxury is not appropriate for a fool- how much less for a slave to rule over princes!

Proverbs 19:10-20 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 1 KINGS 8

This chapter gives an account of the introduction of the ark into the temple, 1Ki 8:1-9 of the glory of the Lord filling it, 1Ki 8:10,11 of a speech Solomon made to the people concerning the building of the temple, and how he came to be engaged in it, 1Ki 8:12-21, of a prayer of his he put up on this occasion, requesting, that what supplications soever were made at any time, or on any account, by Israelites or strangers, might be accepted by the Lord, 1Ki 8:22-53, and of his blessing the people of Israel at the close of it, with some useful exhortations, 1Ki 8:54-61, and of the great number of sacrifices offered up by him, and the feast he made for the people, upon which he dismissed them, 1Ki 8:62-66.

Proverbs 19:10-20 In-Context

8 The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.
10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury— how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
11 A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
12 A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.
14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.
16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.
18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.
19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
22 What a person desires is unfailing love ; better to be poor than a liar.

Cross References 17

  • 1. Proverbs 26:1
  • 2. Proverbs 30:21-23; Ecclesiastes 10:5-7
  • 3. S 2 Kings 5:12; Proverbs 16:32
  • 4. Proverbs 20:2
  • 5. S Psalms 133:3
  • 6. S Esther 1:12; S Esther 7:7; Psalms 72:5-6; Proverbs 16:14-15
  • 7. S Proverbs 10:1
  • 8. S Esther 1:18; Proverbs 21:9
  • 9. 2 Corinthians 12:14
  • 10. S Proverbs 18:22
  • 11. S Proverbs 6:9; Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 20:13
  • 12. S Proverbs 16:17; Luke 10:28; S Romans 10:5
  • 13. S Deuteronomy 24:14
  • 14. S Deuteronomy 24:19; Proverbs 14:21; Proverbs 22:9; S Matthew 10:42; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
  • 15. S Proverbs 13:24; Proverbs 23:13-14
  • 16. Proverbs 4:1
  • 17. S Proverbs 12:15
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