19 1Better a poor man who lives with integrity than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool. 2Even zeal is not good without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily[L] sins. 3A man’s own foolishness leads him astray, yet his heart rages against the Lord. 4Wealth attracts many friends, but a poor man is separated from his friend. 5A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who utters lies will not escape. 6Many seek a ruler’s favor, and everyone is a friend of one who gives gifts. 7All the brothers of a poor man hate him; how much more do his friends keep their distance from him! He may pursue them with words, but they are not there.[M] 8The one who acquires good sense[N] loves himself; one who safeguards understanding finds success. 9A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who utters lies perishes. 10Luxury is not appropriate for a fool— how much less for a slave to rule over princes! 11A person’s insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense. 12A king’s rage is like the roaring of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass. 13A foolish son is his father’s ruin, and a wife’s nagging is an endless dripping. 14A house and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a sensible wife is from the Lord. 15Laziness induces deep sleep, and a lazy person will go hungry. 16The one who keeps commands preserves himself; one who disregards[O] his ways will die. 17Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord, and He will give a reward to the lender.[P] 18Discipline your son while there is hope; don’t be intent on killing him.[Q] 19A person with great anger bears the penalty; if you rescue him, you’ll have to do it again. 20Listen to counsel and receive instruction so that you may be wise later in life.[R] 21Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the Lord’s decree will prevail. 22What is desirable in a man is his fidelity; better to be a poor man than a liar. 23The fear of the Lord leads to life; one will sleep at night[S] without danger. 24The slacker buries his hand in the bowl; he doesn’t even bring it back to his mouth. 25Strike a mocker, and the inexperienced learn a lesson; rebuke the discerning, and he gains knowledge. 26The one who assaults his father and evicts his mother is a disgraceful and shameful son. 27If you stop listening to correction, my son, you will stray from the words of knowledge. 28A worthless witness mocks justice, and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity. 29Judgments are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.
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