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Proverbs 19

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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices.

19:1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
than he who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.

19:2 It isn’t good to have zeal without knowledge;
nor being hasty with one’s feet and missing the way.

19:3 The foolishness of man subverts his way;
his heart rages against Yahweh.

19:4 Wealth adds many friends,
but the poor is separated from his friend.

19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished.
He who pours out lies shall not go free.

19:6 Many will entreat the favor of a ruler,
and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.

19:7 All the relatives of the poor shun him:
how much more do his friends avoid him!
He pursues them with pleas, but they are gone.

19:8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul.
He who keeps understanding shall find good.

19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished.
He who utters lies shall perish.

19:10 Delicate living is not appropriate for a fool,
much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

19:11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger.
It is his glory to overlook an offense.

19:12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.

19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father.
A wife’s quarrels are a continual dripping.

19:14 House and riches are an inheritance from fathers,
but a prudent wife is from Yahweh.

19:15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep.
The idle soul shall suffer hunger.

19:16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
but he who is contemptuous in his ways shall die.

19:17 He who has pity on the poor lends to Yahweh;
he will reward him.

19:18 Discipline your son, for there is hope;
don’t be a willing party to his death.

19:19 A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty,
for if you rescue him, you must do it again.

19:20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
that you may be wise in your latter end.

19:21 There are many plans in a man’s heart,
but Yahweh’s counsel will prevail.

19:22 That which makes a man to be desired is his kindness.
A poor man is better than a liar.

19:23 The fear of Yahweh leads to life, then contentment;
he rests and will not be touched by trouble.

19:24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

19:25 Flog a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke one who has understanding, and he will gain knowledge.

19:26 He who robs his father and drives away his mother,
is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.

19:27 If you stop listening to instruction, my son,
you will stray from the words of knowledge.

19:28 A corrupt witness mocks justice,
and the mouth of the wicked gulps down iniquity.

19:29 Penalties are prepared for scoffers,
and beatings for the backs of fools.

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