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Better the poor walking in integrity

than one perverse of speech who is a fool.


Desire without knowledge is not good,

and one who moves too hurriedly misses the way.


One’s own folly leads to ruin,

yet the heart rages against the Lord.


Wealth brings many friends,

but the poor are left friendless.


A false witness will not go unpunished,

and a liar will not escape.


Many seek the favor of the generous,

and everyone is a friend to a giver of gifts.


If the poor are hated even by their kin,

how much more are they shunned by their friends!

When they call after them, they are not there.


To get wisdom is to love oneself;

to keep understanding is to prosper.


A false witness will not go unpunished,

and the liar will perish.


It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury,

much less for a slave to rule over princes.


Those with good sense are slow to anger,

and it is their glory to overlook an offense.


A king’s anger is like the growling of a lion,

but his favor is like dew on the grass.


A stupid child is ruin to a father,

and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.


House and wealth are inherited from parents,

but a prudent wife is from the Lord.


Laziness brings on deep sleep;

an idle person will suffer hunger.


Those who keep the commandment will live;

those who are heedless of their ways will die.


Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,

and will be repaid in full.


Discipline your children while there is hope;

do not set your heart on their destruction.


A violent tempered person will pay the penalty;

if you effect a rescue, you will only have to do it again.


Listen to advice and accept instruction,

that you may gain wisdom for the future.


The human mind may devise many plans,

but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.


What is desirable in a person is loyalty,

and it is better to be poor than a liar.


The fear of the Lord is life indeed;

filled with it one rests secure

and suffers no harm.


The lazy person buries a hand in the dish,

and will not even bring it back to the mouth.


Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence;

reprove the intelligent, and they will gain knowledge.


Those who do violence to their father and chase away their mother

are children who cause shame and bring reproach.


Cease straying, my child, from the words of knowledge,

in order that you may hear instruction.


A worthless witness mocks at justice,

and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.


Condemnation is ready for scoffers,

and flogging for the backs of fools.

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Pr 19:1-29.

1. (Compare Pr 28:6). "Rich" for fool here. Integrity is better than riches (Pr 15:16, 17; 16:8).

2. The last illustrates the first clause. Rashness, the result of ignorance, brings trouble.

3. perverteth … way—turns him back from right (Pr 13:6; Jas 1:13); and he blames God for his failures.

4. (Compare Pr 14:20). Such facts are often adduced with implied disapprobation.

5. Compare Pr 19:9, where perish explains not escape here (compare Ps 88:9, 10).

8. (Compare Margin; Pr 15:32).

loveth … soul—or, "himself," which he evinces by regarding his best interests.

keepeth—or, "regards."

10. (Compare Pr 17:7). The fool is incapable of properly using pleasure as knowledge, yet for him to have it is less incongruous than the undue elevation of servants. Let each abide in his calling (1Co 7:20).

11. (Compare Pr 14:29; 16:32). This inculcation of a forgiving spirit shows that true religion is always the same (Mt 5:22-24).

12. (Compare Pr 16:14, 15; 20:2). A motive to submission to lawful authority.

13. calamity—literally, "calamities," varied and many.

continual dropping—a perpetual annoyance, wearing out patience.

14. A contrast of men's gifts and God's, who, though author of both blessings, confers the latter by His more special providence.

and—or, "but," implying that the evils of Pr 19:13 are only avoided by His care.

15. a deep sleep—a state of utter indifference.

idle soul—or, "person" (compare Pr 10:4; 12:24).

16. (Compare Pr 10:17; 13:13).

despiseth … ways—opposed to keeping or observing, neglects (Pr 16:17) (as unworthy of regard) his moral conduct.

17. (Compare Pr 14:21; Ps 37:26).

hath pity—shown by acts (compare Margin).

18. (Compare Pr 13:24; 23:13).

let not … spare—literally, "do not lift up thy soul" (Ps 24:4; 25:1), that is, do not desire to his death; a caution to passionate parents against angry chastisement.

19. Repeated efforts of kindness are lost on ill-natured persons.

20. (Compare Pr 13:18-20).

latter end—(Pr 5:11). In youth prepare for age.

21. (Compare Pr 16:1, 9; Ps 33:10, 11). The failure of man's devices is implied.

22. desire—that is, to do good, indicates a kind disposition (Pr 11:23); and the poor thus affected are better than liars, who say and do not.

23. The fear … life—(Compare Pr 3:2).

abide—or, "remain contented" (1Ti 4:8).

not visited with evil—(Pr 10:3; Ps 37:25), as a judgment, in which sense visit is often used (Ps 89:32; Jer 6:15).

24. bosom—literally, a wide dish in which the hand was plunged in eating (Mt 26:23). Compare Pr 26:15, the sentiment expressed with equal irony and less exaggeration.

25. Such is the benefit of reproof; even the simple profit, much more the wise.

26. Unfilial conduct often condemned (Pr 17:21-25; 20:20; De 21:18, 21).

27. Avoid whatever leads from truth.

28. ungodly witness—(Compare Margin), one false by bad principles (compare Pr 6:12).

scorneth judgment—sets at naught the dictates of justice.

devoureth—literally, "swalloweth," as something delightful.

29. Their punishment is sure, fixed, and ready (compare Pr 3:34; 10:13).