Summary: Verse upon verse teaching from the book of Proverbs. Very helpful for every age.
Life and Conduct Proverbs 19:1-29
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 2 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, And he sins who hastens with his feet. 3 The foolishness of a man twists his way, And his heart frets against the LORD. 4 Wealth makes many friends, But the poor is separated from his friend. 5 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape. 6 Many entreat the favor of the nobility, And every man is a friend to one who gives gifts. 7 All the brothers of the poor hate him; How much more do his friends go far from him! He may pursue them with words, yet they abandon him. 8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good. 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish. 10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool, Much less for a servant to rule over princes. 11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression. 12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.13 A foolish son is the ruin of his father, And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.14 Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the LORD.15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger.16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,But he who is careless of his ways will die.17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given.18 Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction.19 A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again. 20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days. 21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand. 22 What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar. 23 The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil. 24 A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. 25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become wary; Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge. 26 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach. 27 Cease listening to instruction, my son, And you will stray from the words of knowledge. 28 A disreputable witness scorns justice, And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity. 29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And beatings for the backs of fools.
Proverbs 19:1NLT Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool.
Integrity is better than wealth. Proverbs 28:6NKJ Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
Proverbs 19:2NLT Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.
Balance is very important with the body of Christ. Without is you can receive all inspiration and heir not understanding God’s word.
John 14:26NKJ But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Verse 2b... he sins who hastens with his feet.
He sins, to miss the mark, rashness, the results of ignorance, brings trouble.
Proverbs 19:3NLT People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.
The fool blames God for his troubles and failures.
Lamentations 3: 39-41NLT Then why should we, mere humans, complain when we are punished for our sins. 40 Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord. 41 Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven and say,
Proverbs 19:4NLT Wealth makes many “friends”; poverty drives them all away.
Mankind grows weary of the demands of the poor, (poverty alienates) while the wealthy, make new friends daily.
Proverbs 19:5NLT A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.
A false witness utters lies and spreads strife.
Exodus 23:1 “You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.