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Proverbs 19

On Life and Conduct

1Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
Than a [rich] man who is twisted in his speech and is a [shortsighted] fool.

Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge,
And he who hurries with his feet [acting impulsively and proceeding without caution or analyzing the consequences] sins (misses the mark).

The foolishness of man undermines his way [ruining whatever he undertakes];
Then his heart is resentful and rages against the Lord [for, being a fool, he blames the Lord instead of himself].

Wealth makes many friends,
But a poor man is separated from his friend.

A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who breathes out lies will not escape.

Many will seek the favor of a generous and noble man,
And everyone is a friend to him who gives gifts.

All the brothers of a poor man hate him;
How much more do his friends abandon him!
He pursues them with words, but they are gone.

He who gains wisdom and good sense loves (preserves) his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good and prosper.

A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who breathes lies will perish.
10 
Luxury is not fitting for a fool;
Much less for a slave to rule over princes.
11 
Good sense and discretion make a man slow to anger,
And it is his honor and glory to overlook a transgression or an offense [without seeking revenge and harboring resentment].
12 
The king’s wrath terrifies like the roaring of a lion,
But his favor is as [refreshing and nourishing as] dew on the grass.
13 
A foolish (ungodly) son is destruction to his father,
And the contentions of a [quarrelsome] wife are like a constant dripping [of water].
14 
House and wealth are the inheritance from fathers,
But a wise, understanding, and sensible wife is [a gift and blessing] from the Lord.
15 
Laziness casts one into a deep sleep [unmindful of lost opportunity],
And the idle person will suffer hunger.
16 
He who keeps and obeys the commandment [of the Lord] keeps (guards) his own life,
But he who is careless of his ways and conduct will die.
17 
He who is gracious and lends a hand to the poor lends to the Lord,
And the Lord will repay him for his good deed.
18 
Discipline and teach your son while there is hope,
And do not [indulge your anger or resentment by imposing inappropriate punishment nor] desire his destruction.
19 
A man of great anger will bear the penalty [for his quick temper and lack of self-control];
For if you rescue him [and do not let him learn from the consequences of his action], you will only have to rescue him over and over again.
20 
Listen to counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction,
That you may be wise in the time to come.
21 
Many plans are in a man’s mind,
But it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).
22 
That which is desirable in a man is his loyalty and unfailing love,
But it is better to be a poor man than a [wealthy] liar.
23 
The fear of the Lord leads to life,
So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
24 
The lazy man buries his hand in the [food] dish,
But will not even bring it to his mouth again.
25 
Strike a scoffer [for refusing to learn], and the naive may [be warned and] become prudent;
Reprimand one who has understanding and a teachable spirit, and he will gain knowledge and insight.
26 
He who assaults his father and chases away his mother
Is a son who brings shame and disgrace.
27 
Cease listening, my son, to instruction and discipline
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 
A wicked and worthless witness mocks justice,
And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.
29 
Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
And beatings for the backs of [thickheaded] fools.

The Message

Proverbs 19

If You Quit Listening

1Better to be poor and honest
    than a rich person no one can trust.

Ignorant zeal is worthless;
    haste makes waste.

People ruin their lives by their own stupidity,
    so why does God always get blamed?

Wealth attracts friends as honey draws flies,
    but poor people are avoided like a plague.

Perjury won’t go unpunished.
    Would you let a liar go free?

Lots of people flock around a generous person;
    everyone’s a friend to the philanthropist.

When you’re down on your luck, even your family avoids you—
    yes, even your best friends wish you’d get lost.
If they see you coming, they look the other way—
    out of sight, out of mind.

Grow a wise heart—you’ll do yourself a favor;
    keep a clear head—you’ll find a good life.

The person who tells lies gets caught;
    the person who spreads rumors is ruined.

10 Blockheads shouldn’t live on easy street
    any more than workers should give orders to their boss.

11 Smart people know how to hold their tongue;
    their grandeur is to forgive and forget.

12 Mean-tempered leaders are like mad dogs;
    the good-natured are like fresh morning dew.

13 A parent is worn to a frazzle by a stupid child;
    a nagging spouse is a leaky faucet.

14 House and land are handed down from parents,
    but a congenial spouse comes straight from God.

15 Life collapses on loafers;
    lazybones go hungry.

16 Keep the rules and keep your life;
    careless living kills.

17 Mercy to the needy is a loan to God,
    and God pays back those loans in full.

18 Discipline your children while you still have the chance;
    indulging them destroys them.

19 Let angry people endure the backlash of their own anger;
    if you try to make it better, you’ll only make it worse.

20 Take good counsel and accept correction—
    that’s the way to live wisely and well.

21 We humans keep brainstorming options and plans,
    but God’s purpose prevails.

22 It’s only human to want to make a buck,
    but it’s better to be poor than a liar.

23 Fear-of-God is life itself,
    a full life, and serene—no nasty surprises.

24 Some people dig a fork into the pie
    but are too lazy to raise it to their mouth.

25 Punish the insolent—make an example of them.
    Who knows? Somebody might learn a good lesson.

26 Kids who lash out against their parents
    are an embarrassment and disgrace.

27 If you quit listening, dear child, and strike off on your own,
    you’ll soon be out of your depth.

28 An unprincipled witness desecrates justice;
    the mouths of the wicked spew malice.

29 The irreverent have to learn reverence the hard way;
    only a slap in the face brings fools to attention.