Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

箴言 19:1-29

1行为正直的穷人,

胜过诡诈的愚人。

2热诚却无知不足取,

行动急躁难免有错。

3人因愚昧而自毁前程,

他的心却抱怨耶和华。

4财富招来许多朋友,

穷人却遭朋友抛弃。

5作伪证者难免受罚,

撒谎的人罪责难逃。

6大家都讨好慷慨的人,

人人都结交好施赠的。

7穷人被亲人厌弃,

朋友都远远躲避。

他苦苦哀求,也无人理会。

8得到智慧的珍惜生命,

持守悟性的享受福乐。

9作伪证者难免受罚,

撒谎的人自取灭亡。

10愚人奢华宴乐不相宜,

奴隶管辖王子更离谱。

11智者不轻易发怒,

饶恕是他的荣耀。

12君王的震怒像雄狮怒吼,

君王的恩泽如草上甘露。

13愚昧之子是父亲的灾殃,

争闹之妻如雨滴漏不止。

14房屋钱财是祖先的遗产,

贤慧之妻乃耶和华所赐。

15懒惰使人沉睡,

懈怠使人挨饿。

16遵守诫命的保全性命,

藐视诫命的自寻死路。

17善待穷人等于借贷给耶和华,

耶和华必回报他的善行。

18管教孩子宜早不宜晚,

不可任由他走向灭亡。

19脾气暴躁的人必吃苦头。

你若救他,一次肯定不够。

20你要受教听劝,

以便得到智慧。

21人心中有许多计划,

唯耶和华的旨意成就。

22人心爱慕忠诚,

受穷胜过撒谎。

23敬畏耶和华使人得享生命,

安然满足,免遭祸患。

24懒惰人手放在餐盘,

却懒得送食物进嘴。

25责打嘲讽者,愚人学会谨慎;

责备明哲人,他会增长见识。

26苛待父亲的人可鄙,

逼走母亲的人可耻。

27孩子啊,你若不听教诲,

就会偏离知识。

28作伪证者嘲讽公义,

恶人的口吞吃罪恶。

29刑罚对付嘲讽者,

鞭子责打愚人背。

New International Reader’s Version

Proverbs 19:1-29

1It is better to be poor and to live without blame

than to be foolish and to twist words around.

2Getting excited about something without knowledge isn’t good.

It’s even worse to be in a hurry and miss the way.

3A person’s own foolish acts destroy their life.

But their heart is angry with the Lord.

4Wealth brings many friends.

But even the closest friend of a poor person abandons them.

5A dishonest witness will be punished.

And whoever pours out lies will not go free.

6Many try to win the favor of rulers.

And everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts.

7Poor people are avoided by their whole family.

Their friends avoid them even more.

The poor person runs after his friends to beg for help.

But they can’t be found.

8Anyone who gets wisdom loves life.

Anyone who values understanding will soon succeed.

9A dishonest witness will be punished.

And those who pour out lies will die.

10It isn’t proper for a foolish person to live in great comfort.

And it is much worse when a slave rules over princes!

11A person’s wisdom makes them patient.

They will be honored if they forgive someone who sins against them.

12A king’s anger is like a lion’s roar.

But his favor is like dew on the grass.

13A foolish child is a father’s ruin.

A nagging wife is like dripping that never stops.

14You will receive houses and wealth from your parents.

But a wise wife is given by the Lord.

15Anyone who doesn’t want to work sleeps his life away.

And a person who refuses to work goes hungry.

16Those who keep commandments keep their lives.

But those who don’t care how they live will die.

17Anyone who is kind to poor people lends to the Lord.

God will reward them for what they have done.

18Train your children, because then there is hope.

Don’t do anything to bring about their deaths.

19A person with a bad temper must pay for it.

If you save them, you will have to do it again.

20Listen to advice and accept correction.

In the end you will be counted among those who are wise.

21A person may have many plans in their heart.

But the Lord’s purpose wins out in the end.

22Everyone longs for love that never fails.

It is better to be poor than to be a liar.

23Having respect for the Lord leads to life.

Then you will be content and free from trouble.

24A person who doesn’t want to work leaves his hand in the dish.

He won’t even bring it back up to his mouth!

25If you whip a person who makes fun of others,

childish people will learn to be wise.

If you warn those who already understand what is right,

they will gain even more knowledge.

26Anyone who robs their father and drives out their mother

is a child who brings shame and dishonor.

27My son, if you stop listening to what I teach you,

you will wander away from the words of knowledge.

28A dishonest witness makes fun of what is right.

The mouths of those who do wrong gulp down evil.

29Those who make fun of others will be judged.

Foolish people will be punished.