Proverbs 19-21 New American Standard Bible

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19 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 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 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 .

25  The desire of the sluggard puts him to death , For his hands refuse to work ; 26  All day long he is craving , While the righteous gives and does not hold back .

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 .

30  There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the Lord . 31  The horse is prepared for the day of battle , But victory belongs to the Lord .

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