Proverbs Chapter 19 |
1Better a poor man who lives blamelessly
Than one who speaks perversely and is a dullard.
2A person without knowledge is surely not good;
He who moves hurriedly blunders.
3A man’s folly subverts his way,
And his heart rages against the Lord.
4Wealth makes many friends,
But a poor man loses his last friend.
5A false witness will not go unpunished;
He who testifies lies will not escape.
6Many court the favor of a great man,
And all are the friends of a dispenser of gifts.
7All the brothers of a poor man despise him;
How much more is he shunned by his friends!
He who pursues words—they are of no avail.
8He who acquires wisdom is his own best friend;
He preserves understanding and attains happiness.
9A false witness will not go unpunished;
He who testifies falsely is doomed.
10Luxury is not fitting for a dullard,
Much less that a servant rule over princes.
11A man shows intelligence by his forebearance;
It is his glory when he overlooks an offense.
12The rage of a king is like the roar of a lion;
His favor is like dew upon the grass.
13A stupid son is a calamity to his father;
The nagging of a wife is like the endless dripping of water.
14Property and riches are bequeathed by fathers,
But an efficient wife comes from the Lord.
15Laziness induces sleep,
And a negligent person will go hungry.
16He who has regard for his life pays regard to commandments;
He who is heedless of his ways will die.
17He who is generous to the poor makes a loan to the Lord;
He will repay him his due.
18Discipline your son while there is still hope,
And do not set your heart on his destruction.
19A hot-tempered man incurs punishment;
If you try to save him you will only make it worse.
20Listen to advice and accept discipline
In order that you may be wise in the end.
21Many designs are in a man’s mind,
But it is the Lord’s plan that is accomplished.
22Greed is a reproach to a man;
Better be poor than a liar.
23He who fears the Lord earns life;
He shall abide in contentment,
Free from misfortune.
24The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl;
He will not even bring it to his mouth.
25Beat the scoffer and the simple will become clever;
Reprove an intelligent man and he gains knowledge.
26A son who causes shame and disgrace
Plunders his father, puts his mother to flight.
27My son, cease to stray from words of knowledge
And receive discipline.
28A malicious witness scoffs at justice,
And the speech of the wicked conceals mischief.
29Punishments are in store for scoffers
And blows for the backs of dullards.