It's Wise To Be Patient 19 1It's better to be poor and live right than to be a stupid liar. 2Willingness and stupidity don't go well together. If you are too eager, you will miss the road. 3We are ruined by our own stupidity, though we blame the LORD. 4The rich have many friends; the poor have none. 5Dishonest witnesses and liars won't escape punishment. 6Everyone tries to be friends of those who can help them. 7If you are poor, your own relatives reject you, and your friends are worse. When you really need them, they are not there.[I] 8Do yourself a favor by having good sense— you will be glad you did. 9Dishonest witnesses and liars will be destroyed. 10It isn't right for a fool to live in luxury or for a slave to rule in place of a king. 11It's wise to be patient and show what you are like by forgiving others. 12An angry king roars like a lion, but when a king is pleased, it's like dew on the crops. 13Foolish children bring disgrace to their fathers. A nagging wife goes on and on like the drip, drip, drip of the rain. 14You may inherit all you own from your parents, but a sensible wife is a gift from the LORD. 15If you are lazy and sleep your time away, you will starve. 16Obey the Lord's teachings and you will live— disobey and you will die. 17Caring for the poor is lending to the LORD, and you will be well repaid. 18Correct your children before it's too late; if you don't punish them, trouble will come their way.[J] 19People with bad tempers are always in trouble, and they need help over and over again.[K] 20Pay attention to advice and accept correction, so you can live sensibly. 21We may make a lot of plans, but the LORD will do what he has decided. 22What matters most is loyalty. It's better to be poor than to be a liar. 23Showing respect to the LORD brings true life— if you do it, you can relax without fear of danger. 24Some people are too lazy to lift a hand to feed themselves. 25Stupid fools learn good sense by seeing others punished; a sensible person learns by being corrected. 26Disgraceful children rob their father and chase their mother away. 27If you stop learning, you will forget what you already know. 28A lying witness makes fun of the court system, and criminals think crime is really delicious. 29A stupid fool should expect to be punished.
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