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Proverbs 19 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Better to be Poor with Integrity

19 Better to be poor, walking with integrity,
than be a fool whose lips are corrupt.
Zeal without knowledge is not good,[a]
or to act hastily and miss the way.
A man’s folly undermines his way,
and his heart rages against Adonai.
Wealth adds many friends,
yet a poor man is deserted by his friend.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
one who breathes lies will not escape.
Many seek the favor of the generous.
Everyone is a friend to a giver of gifts.
All a poor man’s relatives despise him—
how much more his friends avoid him.
He pursues them with words, but they are not there.
One who gets wisdom loves his own soul.
One who treasures understanding prospers.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
and one who breathes lies will perish.
10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool—
how much less for a servant to rule over princes!

Watch Your Temper

11 Prudence makes one slow to anger
and his glory is to overlook an offense.
12 A king’s wrath is like a roaring lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.

13 A foolish son is trouble for his father,
and a quarrelsome wife is constant dripping.
14 House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers,
but a prudent wife is from Adonai.

15 Laziness brings on deep sleep,
and an idle soul will starve.
16 One who keeps a mitzvah guards his soul,
but one who neglects His ways will die.

17 One who is kind to the poor lends to Adonai,
and Adonai will reward him for his good deed.

18 Discipline your son while there is hope.
Do not set your heart on his death.

19 One with great rage will pay a penalty.
For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.

Listen to Wise Counsel

20 Listen to advice and accept instruction,
so that in the end you may be wise.
21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart,
but the counsel of Adonai will stand.
22 What is desired in a man is loyalty,
and a poor person is better than a liar.
23 The fear of Adonai leads to life,
and he who has it rests satisfied, untouched by harm.

Sluggards, Scoffers, and Disgraceful Sons

24 The slacker buries his hand in a bowl
and will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25 Strike a scoffer and the naïve will learn caution.
rebuke a discerning person and he will gain knowledge.
26 He who robs his father and drives away his mother
    is a son who brings shame and disgrace!
27 My son, if you stop heeding instruction,
you will stray from words of knowledge.
28 A crooked witness scorns justice,
and a wicked mouth devours iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
and floggings for the back of fools.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 19:2 cf. Rom. 10:2.
Tree of Life Version (TLV)

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Proverbs 19 New International Version (NIV)

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

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

A person’s own folly leads to their ruin,
    yet their heart rages against the Lord.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 A person’s wisdom yields patience;
    it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

12 A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion,
    but his favor is like dew on the grass.

13 A foolish child is a father’s 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.

16 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.

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 person’s heart,
    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

22 What a person desires is unfailing love[b];
    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!

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

26 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.

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

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

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 19:7 The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.
  2. Proverbs 19:22 Or Greed is a person’s shame
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