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Proverbs 19

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19:1 Better is the poor man whose ways are upright, than the man of wealth whose ways are twisted.

19:2 Further, without knowledge desire is not good; and he who is over-quick in acting goes out of the right way.

19:3 By his foolish behaviour a man's ways are turned upside down, and his heart is bitter against the Lord.

19:4 Wealth makes a great number of friends; but the poor man is parted from his friend.

19:5 A false witness will not go without punishment, and the breather out of deceit will not go free.

19:6 Great numbers will make attempts to get the approval of a ruler: and every man is the special friend of him who has something to give.

19:7 All the brothers of the poor man are against him: how much more do his friends go far from him! ...

19:8 He who gets wisdom has love for his soul: he who keeps good sense will get what is truly good.

19:9 A false witness will not go without punishment, and the breather out of deceit will be cut off.

19:10 Material comfort is not good for the foolish; much less for a servant to be put over rulers.

19:11 A man's good sense makes him slow to wrath, and the overlooking of wrongdoing is his glory.

19:12 The king's wrath is like the loud cry of a lion, but his approval is like dew on the grass.

19:13 A foolish son is the destruction of his father; and the bitter arguments of a wife are like drops of rain falling without end.

19:14 House and wealth are a heritage from fathers, but a wife with good sense is from the Lord.

19:15 Hate of work sends deep sleep on a man: and he who has no industry will go without food.

19:16 He who keeps the law keeps his soul; but death will be the fate of him who takes no note of the word.

19:17 He who has pity on the poor gives to the Lord, and the Lord will give him his reward.

19:18 Give your son training while there is hope; let not your heart be purposing his death.

19:19 A man of great wrath will have to take his punishment: for if you get him out of trouble you will have to do it again.

19:20 Let your ear be open to suggestion and take teaching, so that at the end you may be wise.

19:21 A man's heart may be full of designs, but the purpose of the Lord is unchanging.

19:22 The ornament of a man is his mercy, and a poor man is better than one who is false.

19:23 The fear of the Lord gives life: and he who has it will have need of nothing; no evil will come his way.

19:24 The hater of work puts his hand deep into the basin, and will not even take it to his mouth again.

19:25 When blows overtake the man of pride, the simple will get sense; say sharp words to the wise, and knowledge will be made clear to him.

19:26 He who is violent to his father, driving away his mother, is a son causing shame and a bad name.

19:27 A son who no longer gives attention to teaching is turned away from the words of knowledge.

19:28 A good-for-nothing witness makes sport of the judge's decision: and the mouth of evil-doers sends out evil like a stream.

19:29 Rods are being made ready for the man of pride, and blows for the back of the foolish.