Proverbs 19:3-12

A person’s own folly leads to their ruin,
    yet their heart rages against the Lord.

Wealth attracts many friends,
    but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.

A false witness will not go unpunished,
    and whoever pours out lies will not go free.

Many curry favor with a ruler,
    and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.

The poor are shunned by all their relatives—
    how much more do their friends avoid them!
Though the poor pursue them with pleading,
    they are nowhere to be found.[a]

The one who gets wisdom loves life;
    the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.

A false witness will not go unpunished,
    and whoever pours out lies will perish.

It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury—
    how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!

A person’s wisdom yields patience;
    it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion,
    but his favor is like dew on the grass.


Footnotes
  1. Proverbs 19:7 The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.

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