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Proverbs 19

Proverbs of personal character

Three more better things


1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

Two dangerous practices


2 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, And he sins who hastens with his feet.

3 The foolishness of a man twists his way, And his heart frets against the LORD.

The power of wealth


4 Wealth makes many friends, But the poor is separated from his friend.

Punishment of liars


5 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape.

True human nature


6 Many entreat the favor of the nobility, And every man is a friend to one who gives gifts.

7 All the brothers of the poor hate him; How much more do his friends go far from him! He may pursue them with words, yet they abandon him.

Knowledge and wisdom


8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.

Punishment of liars


9 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish.

Two uncommon practices


10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool, Much less for a servant to rule over princes.

Two good qualities


11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression.

Two contrasting effects


12 The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.

Two unbearable things


13 A foolish son is the ruin of his father, And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.

Two blessings of man


14 Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the LORD.



15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger.

The ways of life and death


16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die.

How to lend to God


17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given.

An ancient practice


18 Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction.

A fool’s program


19 A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.


Instructions and admonitions to sons (19:20-24:34)

My son: Hear counsel. Six proverbs.


The chief end of instruction


20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days.

The human heart


21 There are many plans in a man's heart, Nevertheless the LORD'S counsel-that will stand.

Better than a liar


22 What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar.

Three blessings of fear


23 The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.

Three common classes


24 A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become wary; Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge.

A worthless son


26 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.


My Son: 79 proverbs


Cease to hear wrong instruction


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

How to detect the wicked


28 A disreputable witness scorns justice, And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

Two prepared things


29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And beatings for the backs of fools.




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