Bible: Proverbs 19

19:1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity 1 

than one who is perverse in his speech 2  and is a fool. 3 

19:2 It is dangerous 4  to have zeal 5  without knowledge,

and the one who acts hastily 6  makes poor choices. 7 

19:3 A person’s folly 8  subverts 9  his way,

and 10  his heart rages 11  against the Lord.

19:4 Wealth adds many friends,

but a poor person is separated 12  from his friend. 13 

19:5 A false witness 14  will not go unpunished,

and the one who spouts out 15  lies will not escape punishment. 16 

19:6 Many people entreat the favor 17  of a generous person, 18 

and everyone is the friend 19  of the person who gives gifts. 20 

19:7 All the relatives 21  of a poor person hate him; 22 

how much more do his friends avoid him –

he pursues them 23  with words, but they do not respond. 24 

19:8 The one who acquires wisdom 25  loves himself; 26 

the one who preserves understanding will prosper. 27 

19:9 A false witness will not go unpunished,

and the one who spouts out 28  lies will perish. 29 

19:10 Luxury is not appropriate 30  for a fool; 31 

how much less for a servant to rule over princes! 32 

19:11 A person’s wisdom 33  makes him slow to anger, 34 

and it is his glory 35  to overlook 36  an offense.

19:12 A king’s wrath is like 37  the roar of a lion, 38 

but his favor is like dew on the grass. 39 

19:13 A foolish child 40  is the ruin of his father,

and a contentious wife 41  is like 42  a constant dripping. 43 

19:14 A house and wealth are inherited from parents, 44 

but a prudent wife 45  is from the Lord.

19:15 Laziness brings on 46  a deep sleep, 47 

and the idle person 48  will go hungry. 49 

19:16 The one who obeys commandments guards 50  his life;

the one who despises his ways 51  will die. 52 

19:17 The one who is gracious 53  to the poor lends 54  to the Lord,

and the Lord 55  will repay him 56  for his good deed. 57 

19:18 Discipline your child, for 58  there is hope,

but do not set your heart 59  on causing his death. 60 

19:19 A person with great anger bears the penalty, 61 

but if you deliver him from it once, you will have to do it again. 62 

19:20 Listen to advice 63  and receive discipline,

that 64  you may become wise 65  by the end of your life. 66 

19:21 There are many plans 67  in a person’s mind, 68 

but it 69  is the counsel 70  of the Lord which will stand.

19:22 What is desirable 71  for a person is to show loyal love, 72 

and a poor person is better than a liar. 73 

19:23 Fearing the Lord 74  leads 75  to life, 76 

and one who does so will live 77  satisfied; he will not be afflicted 78  by calamity.

19:24 The sluggard plunges 79  his hand in the dish,

and he will not even bring it back to his mouth! 80 

19:25 Flog 81  a scorner, and as a result the simpleton 82  will learn prudence; 83 

correct a discerning person, and as a result he will understand knowledge. 84 

19:26 The one who robs 85  his father 86  and chases away his mother

is a son 87  who brings shame and disgrace.

19:27 If you stop listening to 88  instruction, my child,

you will stray 89  from the words of knowledge.

19:28 A crooked witness 90  scorns justice,

and the mouth of the wicked devours 91  iniquity.

19:29 Judgments 92  are prepared for scorners,

and floggings for the backs of fools.

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