Proverbs 19:1
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New International Version
Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.

New Living Translation
Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool.

English Standard Version
Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.

New American Standard Bible
Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.

King James Bible
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better a poor man who lives with integrity than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool.

International Standard Version
A poor man who walks blamelessly is better than a fool who speaks perversely.

NET Bible
Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his speech and is a fool.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Better is the poor that walks in integrity than the rich that perverts his ways.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better to be a poor person who lives innocently than to be one who talks dishonestly and is a fool.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Better is the poor that walks in his integrity than he that is perverse in his lips and is a fool.

King James 2000 Bible
Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

American King James Version
Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

American Standard Version
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity Than he that is perverse in his lips and is a fool.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is the poor man, that walketh in his simplicity, than a rich man that is perverse in his lips, and unwise.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is a poor [man] that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

English Revised Version
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity than he that perverse in his lips and is a fool.

Webster's Bible Translation
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

World English Bible
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than he who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is the poor walking in his integrity, Than the perverse in his lips, who is a fool.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:1 A poor man who fears God, is more honourable and happy, than a man without wisdom and grace, however rich or advanced in rank. 2. What good can the soul do, if without knowledge? And he sins who will not take time to ponder the path of his feet.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Better is the poor that walkth in his integrity. The word for "poor" is, here and in vers. 7, 22, rash, which signifies "poor" in opposition to "rich." In the present reading of the second clause, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool, there seems to be a failure in antithesis, unless we can understand the fool as a rich fool. This, the repetition of the maxim in Proverbs 28:6 ("Than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich"), would lead one to admit. The Vulgate accordingly has, Quam dives torquem labia sua, et insipiens, "Than a rich man who is of perverse lips and a fool." With this the Syriac partly agrees. So that, if we take this reading, the moralist says that the poor man who lives a guileless, innocent life, content with his lot, and using no wrong means to improve his fortunes, is happier and better than the rich man who is hypocritical in his words and deceives others, and has won his wealth by such means, thus proving himself to be a fool, a morally bad man. But if we content ourselves with the Hebrew text, we must find the antithesis in the simple, pious, poor man, contrasted with the arrogant rich man, who sneers at his poor neighbour as an inferior creature. The writer would seem to insinuate that there is a natural connection between poverty and integrity of life on the one hand, and wealth and folly on the other. He would assent to the sweeping assertion, Omnis dives ant iniquus aut iniqui heres, "Every rich man is either a rascal or a rascal's heir."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity,.... In the uprightness of his heart before God and men; who is sincere in the worship of God, and in the profession of his name, and walks in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless; and is upright, harmless, and inoffensive in his conversation with men; and studies to exercise a conscience void of offence to both, and continues herein. A man may be a poor man with respect to worldly things, and yet be rich towards God; may be a truly gracious good man, honest, sincere, and upright in heart and life: and such an one is better

than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool; that is, than a rich man, as the Syriac and Vulgate Latin versions supply it, and as the antithesis requires; "that is perverse in his lips", or "whose ways are perverse", as the Syriac version; that acts the deceitful part both by words and actions towards those that are about him, not being honest and plain hearted as the poor man is; and who uses those beneath him very roughly; and concerning oppression speaks loftily, and lets his tongue run both against God in heaven and man on earth, by which he shows he is a fool: for his riches do not give him wisdom; and his words and actions declare he wants it; men may be poor, and yet wise; and a matt may be rich, and yet a fool: or is confident (d); that is, trusts in his riches, and is opposed to a poor man, so R. Saadiah Gaon. This verse and Proverbs 19:2 are not in the Septuagint and Arabic versions.

(d) "confidens divitiis", Cocceii Lexic. col. 384.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 19

Pr 19:1-29.

1. (Compare Pr 28:6). "Rich" for fool here. Integrity is better than riches (Pr 15:16, 17; 16:8).

Proverbs 19:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Better is the Poor Man with Integrity
1Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool. 2Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs.…
Cross References
Psalm 26:11
I lead a blameless life; deliver me and be merciful to me.

Proverbs 4:24
Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

Proverbs 14:2
Whoever fears the LORD walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways.

Proverbs 20:7
The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.

Proverbs 28:6
Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.
Treasury of Scripture

Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

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1 Samuel 25:17,25 Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined …

Isaiah 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; …

Matthew 12:31-34 Why I say to you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven to men…

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