Proverbs 19:22
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New International Version
What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.

New Living Translation
Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest.

English Standard Version
What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar.

New American Standard Bible
What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.

King James Bible
The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What is desirable in a man is his fidelity; better to be a poor man than a liar.

International Standard Version
Human beings long for grace, and it's better to be poor than a man of deceit.

NET Bible
What is desirable for a person is to show loyal love, and a poor person is better than a liar.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The desire of a man is his favor, and the poor man is better than a rich man who lies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Loyalty is desirable in a person, and it is better to be poor than a liar.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Contentment is unto men to show mercy, but it is better to do it unto the poor than to the liar.

King James 2000 Bible
The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

American King James Version
The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

American Standard Version
That which maketh a man to be desired is his kindness; And a poor man is better than a liar.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A needy man is merciful: and better is the poor than the lying man.

Darby Bible Translation
The charm of a man is his kindness; and a poor [man] is better than a liar.

English Revised Version
The desire of a man is the measure of his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

Webster's Bible Translation
The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

World English Bible
That which makes a man to be desired is his kindness. A poor man is better than a liar.

Young's Literal Translation
The desirableness of a man is his kindness, And better is the poor than a liar.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:19. The spared and spoiled child is likely to become a man of great wrath. 20. Those that would be wise in their latter end, must be taught and ruled when young. 21. What should we desire, but that all our purposes may agree with God's holy will? 22. It is far better to have a heart to do good, and want ability for it, than to have ability for it, and want a heart to it. 23. Those that live in the fear of God, shall get safety, satisfaction, and true and complete happiness. 24. Indolence, when indulged, so grows upon people, that they have no heart to do the most needful things for themselves. 25. A gentle rebuke goes farthest with a man of understanding. 26. The young man who wastes his father's substance, or makes his aged mother destitute, is hateful, and will come to disgrace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - The desire of a man is his kind. nose. The Revised Version rather paraphrases the clause, The desire of a man is the measure of his kindness; i.e. the wish and intention to do good is that which gives its real value to an act. The word for "kindness" is chesed, "mercy;" and, looking to the context, we see the meaning of the maxim to be that a poor man's desire of aiding a distressed neighbour, even if he is unable to carry out his intention, is taken for the act of mercy. "The desire of a man" may signify a man's desirableness, that which makes him to be desired or loved; this is found in his liberality. But the former explanation is most suitable. Septuagint, "Mercifulness is a gain unto a man," which is like ver. 17; Vulgate, Homo indigens misericors est, taking a man's desire as evidenceing his need and poverty, and introducing the idea that the experience of misery conduces to pity, as says Dido (Virgil, 'AEn.,' 1:630) -

"Non ignara mali miseris succurrere disco." A poor man is better than a liar. A poor man who gives to one in distress his sympathy and good wishes, even if he can afford no substantial aid, is better than a rich man who promises much and does nothing, or who falsely professes that he is unable to help (comp. Proverbs 3:27, 28). Septuagint, "A poor righteous man is better than a rich liar." A Buddhist maxim says, "Like a beautiful flower, full of colours, but without scent, are the fine but fruitless words of him who does not act accordingly" (Max Muller).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The desire of a man is his kindness,.... Either the grace and kindness of God, which is, desirable by every sensible man, as being most excellent, and better than life and anything in it; or it is his desire to show kindness. A good man is desirous of riches, that he might have it in the power of his hands to do good to others; and a beneficent man, who has it in his power, is desirous of an opportunity of showing kindness to his fellow creatures and friends; and such a disposition and conduct render a man very desirable and amiable; it is the beauty of a man, as Ben Melech; yea, a man that is not able to do a kindness to another, yet has a desire to do it, his good will is his kindness, and the will is taken for the deed. Gersom takes the word in the sense of "reproach", as it is sometimes used; and understands it of the sinful desires of the heart, the imaginations of the thoughts of the heart, which are evil continually, and so matter of reproach;

and a poor man is better than a liar; who is a rich man, as the Septuagint and Syriac versions add; who denies that he has ability to relieve the poor, when he has; or promises to do it, and does it not; such men of high degree are a lie indeed! and the poor man, whom he should relieve, is a better man than he; or that would relieve another, but it is not in his power to do it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. desire—that is, to do good, indicates a kind disposition (Pr 11:23); and the poor thus affected are better than liars, who say and do not.

Proverbs 19:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Better is the Poor Man with Integrity
21Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand. 22What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar. 23The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.…
Cross References
Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:23
The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
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