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Proverbs 19

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Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than a fool whose lips are perverse.

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Desire without knowledge is not goodó
how much more will hasty feet miss the way!

3

A personís own folly leads to their ruin,
yet their heart rages against the Lord.

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A corrupt witness mocks at justice,
and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

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Penalties are prepared for mockers,
and beatings for the backs of fools.

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Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.

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Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother
is a child who brings shame and disgrace.

27

Stop listening to instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

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22

What a person desires is unfailing love[a] ;
better to be poor than a liar.

23

The fear of the Lord leads to life;
then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

24

A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

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19

A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty;
rescue them, and you will have to do it again.

20

Listen to advice and accept discipline,
and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

21

Many are the plans in a personís heart,
but it is the Lordís purpose that prevails.

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Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life,
but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.

17

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will reward them for what they have done.

18

Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;
do not be a willing party to their death.

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13

A foolish child is a fatherís ruin,
and a quarrelsome wife is like
the constant dripping of a leaky roof.

14

Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

15

Laziness brings on deep sleep,
and the shiftless go hungry.

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10

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

11

A personís wisdom yields patience;
it is to oneís glory to overlook an offense.

12

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

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

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

9

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

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

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

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

Footnotes:

a. Proverbs 19:22 Or†Greed is a personís shame
b. Proverbs 19:7 The†meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.