Proverbs 19
GOD'S WORD® Translation

1Better to be a poor person who lives innocently than to be one who talks dishonestly and is a fool.

2A person without knowledge is no good. A person in a hurry makes mistakes.

3The stupidity of a person turns his life upside down, and his heart rages against the LORD.

4Wealth adds many friends, but a poor person is separated from his friend.

5A lying witness will not go unpunished. One who tells lies will not escape.

6Many try to win the kindness of a generous person, and everyone is a friend to a person who gives gifts.

7The entire family of a poor person hates him. How much more do his friends keep their distance from him! When he chases them with words, they are gone.

8A person who gains sense loves himself. One who guards understanding finds something good.

9A lying witness will not go unpunished. One who tells lies will die.

10Luxury does not fit a fool, much less a slave ruling princes.

11A person with good sense is patient, and it is to his credit that he overlooks an offense.

12The rage of a king is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

13A foolish son ruins his father, and a quarreling woman is like constantly dripping water.

14Home and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a sensible wife comes from the LORD.

15Laziness throws one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will go hungry.

16Whoever obeys the law preserves his life, [but] whoever despises the LORD's ways will be put to death.

17Whoever has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his good deed.

18Discipline your son while there is still hope. Do not be the one responsible for his death.

19A person who has a hot temper will pay for it. If you rescue him, you will have to do it over and over.

20Listen to advice and accept discipline so that you may be wise the rest of your life.

21Many plans are in the human heart, but the advice of the LORD will endure.

22Loyalty is desirable in a person, and it is better to be poor than a liar.

23The fear of the LORD leads to life, and such a person will rest easy without suffering harm.

24A lazy person puts his fork in his food. He doesn't even bring it back to his mouth.

25Strike a mocker, and a gullible person may learn a lesson. Warn an understanding person, and he will gain more knowledge.

26A son who assaults his father [and] who drives away his mother brings shame and disgrace.

27If you stop listening to instruction, my son, you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28A worthless witness mocks justice, and the mouths of wicked people swallow up trouble.

29Punishments are set for mockers and beatings for the backs of fools.

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