19 1 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool .
2 Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge , And he who hurries his footsteps errs .
3 The foolishness of man ruins his way , And his heart rages against the Lord .
4 Wealth adds many friends , But a poor man is separated from his friend .
5 A false witness will not go unpunished , And he who tells lies will not escape .
6 Many will seek the favor of a generous man , And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts . 7 All the brothers of a poor man hate him; How much e more do his friends abandon him! He pursues them with words , but they are gone .
8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul ; He who keeps understanding will find good .
9 A false witness will not go unpunished , And he who tells lies will perish .
10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool ; Much e less for a slave to rule over princes .
11 A man's discretion makes him slow to anger , And it is his glory to overlook a transgression .
12 The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion , But his favor is like dew on the grass .
13 A foolish son is destruction to his father , And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping .
14 House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers , But a prudent wife is from the Lord .
15 Laziness casts into a deep sleep , And an idle man will suffer hunger .
16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul , But he who is careless of conduct will die .
17 One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord , And He will repay him for his good deed .
18 Discipline your son while there is hope , And do not desire e his death .
19 A man of great anger will bear the penalty , For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again .
20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline , That you may be wise the rest of your days.
21 Many plans are in a man's heart , But the counsel of the Lord will stand .
22 What is desirable in a man is his kindness , And it is better to be a poor man than a liar e .
23 The fear of the Lord leads to life , So that one may sleep satisfied , untouched e by evil .
24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish , But will not even bring it back to his mouth .
25 Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd , But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge .
26 He who assaults his father and drives his mother away Is a shameful and disgraceful son .
27 Cease listening , my son , to discipline , And you will stray from the words of knowledge .
28 A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice , And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity .
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers , And blows for the back of fools .
20 1 Wine is a mocker , strong drink a brawler , And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise .
2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion ; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life .
3 Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man , But any fool will quarrel .
4 The sluggard does not plow after the autumn , So he begs during the harvest and has nothing .
5 A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water , But a man of understanding draws it out.
6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty , But who can find a trustworthy man ?
7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity - How blessed are his sons after him.
8 A king who sits on the throne of justice Disperses all evil with his eyes .
9 Who can say , "I have cleansed my heart , I am pure from my sin "?
10 Differing weights and differing measures , Both e of them are abominable to the Lord .
11 It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right .
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye , The Lord has made both e of them.
13 Do not love sleep , or you will become poor ; Open your eyes , and you will be satisfied with food .
14 "Bad , bad ," says the buyer , But when he goes his way , then he boasts .
15 There is gold , and an abundance of jewels ; But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing .
16 Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger ; And for foreigners , hold him in pledge .
17 Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man , But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel .
18 Prepare plans by consultation , And make war by wise guidance .
19 He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets , Therefore do not associate with a gossip e .
20 He who curses his father or his mother , His lamp will go out in time of darkness .
21 An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end .
22 Do not say , "I will repay evil "; Wait for the Lord , and He will save you.
23 Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord , And a false scale is not good .
24 Man's steps are ordained by the Lord , How then can man understand his way ?
25 It is a trap for a man to say rashly , "It is holy !" And after the vows to make inquiry .
26 A wise king winnows the wicked , And drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord , Searching all the innermost parts of his being .
28 Loyalty and truth preserve the king , And he upholds his throne by righteousness .
29 The glory of young men is their strength , And the honor of old men is their gray hair .
30 Stripes that wound scour away evil , And strokes reach the innermost parts .
21 1 The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord ; He turns it wherever e e He wishes .
2 Every man's way is right in his own eyes , But the Lord weighs the hearts .
3 To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice .
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart , The lamp of the wicked , is sin .
5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage , But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty .
6 The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor , the pursuit of death .
7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away , Because they refuse to act with justice .
8 The way of a guilty man is crooked , But as for the pure , his conduct is upright .
9 It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman .
10 The soul of the wicked desires evil ; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes .
11 When the scoffer is punished , the naive becomes wise ; But when the wise is instructed , he receives knowledge .
12 The righteous one considers the house of the wicked , Turning the wicked to ruin .
13 He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered .
14 A gift in secret subdues anger , And a bribe in the bosom , strong wrath .
15 The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous , But is terror to the workers of iniquity .
16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead .
17 He who loves pleasure will become a poor man ; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich .
18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous , And the treacherous is in the place of the upright .
19 It is better to live in a desert land Than with a contentious and vexing woman .
20 There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise , But a foolish man swallows it up.
21 He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life , righteousness and honor .
22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust .
23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue , Guards his soul from troubles .
24 "Proud ," "Haughty ," " Scoffer ," are his names , Who acts with insolent pride .
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination , How much e more e when he brings it with evil intent !
28 A false witness will perish , But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever .
29 A wicked man displays a bold face , But as for the upright , he makes his way sure .