Proverbs 19-21 Young’s Literal Translation

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19 1  Better 'is' the poor walking in his integrity, Than the perverse 'in' his lips, who 'is' a fool.

2  Also, without knowledge the soul 'is' not good, And the hasty in feet is sinning.

3  The folly of man perverteth his way, And against Jehovah is his heart wroth.

4  Wealth addeth many friends, And the poor from his neighbour is separated.

5  A false witness is not acquitted, Whoso breatheth out lies is not delivered.

6  Many entreat the face of the noble, And all have made friendship to a man of gifts. 7  All the brethren of the poor have hated him, Surely also his friends have been far from him, He is pursuing words—they are not!

8  Whoso is getting heart is loving his soul, He is keeping understanding to find good.

9  A false witness is not acquitted, And whoso breatheth out lies perisheth.

10  Luxury is not comely for a fool, Much less for a servant to rule among princes.

11  The wisdom of a man hath deferred his anger, And his glory 'is' to pass over transgression.

12  The wrath of a king 'is' a growl as of a young lion, And as dew on the herb his good-will.

13  A calamity to his father 'is' a foolish son, And the contentions of a wife 'are' a continual dropping.

14  House and wealth 'are' the inheritance of fathers, And from Jehovah 'is' an understanding wife.

15  Sloth causeth deep sleep to fall, And an indolent soul doth hunger.

16  Whoso is keeping the command is keeping his soul, Whoso is despising His ways dieth.

17  Whoso is lending 'to' Jehovah is favouring the poor, And his deed He repayeth to him.

18  Chastise thy son, for there is hope, And to put him to death lift not up thy soul.

19  A man of great wrath is bearing punishment, For, if thou dost deliver, yet again thou dost add.

20  Hear counsel and receive instruction, So that thou art wise in thy latter end.

21  Many 'are' the purposes in a man's heart, And the counsel of Jehovah it standeth.

22  The desirableness of a man 'is' his kindness, And better 'is' the poor than a liar.

23  The fear of Jehovah 'is' to life, And satisfied he remaineth—he is not charged with evil.

24  The slothful hath hidden his hand in a dish, Even unto his mouth he bringeth it not back.

25  A scorner smite, and the simple acts prudently, And give reproof to the intelligent, He understandeth knowledge.

26  Whoso is spoiling a father causeth a mother to flee, A son causing shame, and bringing confusion.

27  Cease, my son, to hear instruction—To err from sayings of knowledge.

28  A worthless witness scorneth judgment, And the mouth of the wicked swalloweth iniquity.

29  Judgments have been prepared for scorners, And stripes for the back of fools!

20 1  Wine 'is' a scorner—strong drink 'is' noisy, And any going astray in it is not wise.

2  The fear of a king 'is' a growl as of a young lion, He who is causing him to be wroth is wronging his soul.

3  An honour to a man is cessation from strife, And every fool intermeddleth.

4  Because of winter the slothful plougheth not, He asketh in harvest, and there is nothing.

5  Counsel in the heart of a man 'is' deep water, And a man of understanding draweth it up.

6  A multitude of men proclaim each his kindness, And a man of stedfastness who doth find?

7  The righteous is walking habitually in his integrity, O the happiness of his sons after him!

8  A king sitting on a throne of judgment, Is scattering with his eyes all evil,

9  Who saith, 'I have purified my heart, I have been cleansed from my sin?'

10  A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah, Even both of them 'are' an abomination to Jehovah.

11  Even by his actions a youth maketh himself known, Whether his work be pure or upright.

12  A hearing ear, and a seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them.

13  Love not sleep, lest thou become poor, Open thine eyes—be satisfied 'with' bread.

14  'Bad, bad,' saith the buyer, And going his way then he boasteth himself.

15  Substance, gold, and a multitude of rubies, Yea, a precious vessel, 'are' lips of knowledge.

16  Take his garment when a stranger hath been surety, And for strangers pledge it.

17  Sweet to a man 'is' the bread of falsehood, And afterwards is his mouth filled 'with' gravel.

18  Purposes by counsel thou dost establish, And with plans make thou war.

19  A revealer of secret counsels is the busybody, And for a deceiver 'with' his lips make not thyself surety.

20  Whoso is vilifying his father and his mother, Extinguished is his lamp in blackness of darkness.

21  An inheritance gotten wrongly at first, Even its latter end is not blessed.

22  Do not say, 'I recompense evil,' Wait for Jehovah, and He delivereth thee.

23  An abomination to Jehovah 'are' a stone and a stone, And balances of deceit 'are' not good.

24  From Jehovah 'are' the steps of a man, And man—how understandeth he his way?

25  A snare to a man 'is' he hath swallowed a holy thing, And after vows to make inquiry.

26  A wise king is scattering the wicked, And turneth back on them the wheel.

27  The breath of man 'is' a lamp of Jehovah, Searching all the inner parts of the heart.

28  Kindness and truth keep a king, And he hath supported by kindness his throne.

29  The beauty of young men is their strength, And the honour of old men is grey hairs.

30  The bandages of a wound thou removest with the evil, Also the plagues of the inner parts of the heart!

21 1  Rivulets of waters 'is' the heart of a king in the hand of Jehovah, Wherever He pleaseth He inclineth it.

2  Every way of a man 'is' right in his own eyes, And Jehovah is pondering hearts.

3  To do righteousness and judgment, Is chosen of Jehovah rather than sacrifice.

4  Loftiness of eyes, and breadth of heart, Tillage of the wicked 'is' sin.

5  The purposes of the diligent 'are' only to advantage, And of every hasty one, only to want.

6  The making of treasures by a lying tongue, 'Is' a vanity driven away of those seeking death.

7  The spoil of the wicked catcheth them, Because they have refused to do judgment.

8  Froward 'is' the way of a man who is vile, And the pure—upright 'is' his work.

9  Better to sit on a corner of the roof, Than 'with' a woman of contentions and a house of company.

10  The soul of the wicked hath desired evil, Not gracious in his eyes is his neighbour.

11  When the scorner is punished, the simple becometh wise, And in giving understanding to the wise He receiveth knowledge.

12  The Righteous One is acting wisely Towards the house of the wicked, He is overthrowing the wicked for wickedness.

13  Whoso is shutting his ear from the cry of the poor, He also doth cry, and is not answered.

14  A gift in secret pacifieth anger, And a bribe in the bosom strong fury.

15  To do justice 'is' joy to the righteous, But ruin to workers of iniquity.

16  A man who is wandering from the way of understanding, In an assembly of Rephaim resteth.

17  Whoso 'is' loving mirth 'is' a poor man, Whoso is loving wine and oil maketh no wealth.

18  The wicked 'is' an atonement for the righteous, And for the upright the treacherous dealer.

19  Better to dwell in a wilderness land, Than 'with' a woman of contentions and anger.

20  A treasure to be desired, and oil, 'Is' in the habitation of the wise, And a foolish man swalloweth it up.

21  Whoso is pursuing righteousness and kindness, Findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

22  A city of the mighty hath the wise gone up, And bringeth down the strength of its confidence.

23  Whoso is keeping his mouth and his tongue, Is keeping from adversities his soul.

24  Proud, haughty, scorner 'is' his name, Who is working in the wrath of pride.

25  The desire of the slothful slayeth him, For his hands have refused to work. 26  All the day desiring he hath desired, And the righteous giveth and withholdeth not.

27  The sacrifice of the wicked 'is' abomination, Much more when in wickedness he bringeth it.

28  A false witness doth perish, And an attentive man for ever speaketh.

29  A wicked man hath hardened by his face, And the upright—he prepareth his way.

30  There is no wisdom, nor understanding, Nor counsel, over-against Jehovah. 31  A horse is prepared for a day of battle, And the deliverance 'is' of Jehovah!

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