Proverbs 19

The Proverbs of Solomon

1 Better a is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge,
And he sins who hastens with his feet.
3 The foolishness of a man twists his way,
And his heart frets against the LORD.
4 b Wealth makes many friends,
But the poor is separated from his friend.
5 A c false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who speaks lies will not escape.
6 Many entreat the favor of the nobility,
And every man is a friend to one who gives gifts.
7 d All the brothers of the poor hate him;
How much more do his friends go e far from him!
He may pursue them with words, yet they 1 abandon him.
8 He who gets 2 wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding f will find good.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who speaks lies shall perish.
10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool,
Much less g for a servant to rule over princes.
11 h The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger,
i And his glory is to overlook a transgression.
12 j The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion,
But his favor is k like dew on the grass.
13 l A foolish son is the ruin of his father,
m And the contentions of a wife are a continual 3 dripping.
14 n Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers,
But o a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 p Laziness casts one into a deep sleep,
And an idle person will q suffer hunger.
16 r He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who 4 is careless of his ways will die.
17 s He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD,
And He will pay back what he has given.
18 t Chasten your son while there is hope,
And do not set your heart 5 on his destruction.
19 A man of great wrath will suffer punishment;
For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
That you may be wise u in your latter days.
21 There are many plans in a man's heart,
v Nevertheless the LORD's counsel - that will stand.
22 What is desired in a man is 6 kindness,
And a poor man is better than a liar.
23 w The fear of the LORD leads to life,
And he who has it will abide in satisfaction;
He will not be visited with evil.
24 x A lazy man buries his hand in the 7 bowl,
And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple y will become wary;
z Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge.
26 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother
Is a a son who causes shame and brings reproach.
27 Cease listening to instruction, my son,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A 8 disreputable witness scorns justice,
And b the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
c And beatings for the backs of fools.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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