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Proverbs 19 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Better a poor person who lives with integrity

than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool.

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Even zeal is not good without knowledge,

and the one who acts hastily[fn] sins.

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A person’s own foolishness leads him astray,

yet his heart rages against the LORD.

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Wealth attracts many friends,

but a poor person is separated from his friend.

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A false witness will not go unpunished,

and one who utters lies will not escape.

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Many seek a ruler’s favor,

and everyone is a friend of one who gives gifts.

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All the brothers of a poor person hate him;

how much more do his friends

keep their distance from him!

He may pursue them with words,

but they are not there.[fn]

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The one who acquires good sense[fn] loves himself;

one who safeguards understanding finds success.

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A false witness will not go unpunished,

and one who utters lies perishes.

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Luxury is not appropriate for a fool ​— ​

how much less for a slave to rule over princes!

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A person’s insight gives him patience,

and his virtue is to overlook an offense.

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A king’s rage is like the roaring of a lion,

but his favor is like dew on the grass.

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A foolish son is his father’s ruin,

and a wife’s nagging is an endless dripping.

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A house and wealth are inherited from fathers,

but a prudent wife is from the LORD.

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Laziness induces deep sleep,

and a lazy person will go hungry.

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The one who keeps commands preserves himself;

one who disregards[fn] his ways will die.

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Kindness to the poor is a loan to the LORD,

and he will give a reward to the lender.[fn]

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Discipline your son while there is hope;

don’t set your heart on being the cause of his death.[fn]

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A person with intense anger bears the penalty;

if you rescue him, you’ll have to do it again.

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Listen to counsel and receive instruction

so that you may be wise later in life.[fn]

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Many plans are in a person’s heart,

but the LORD’s decree will prevail.

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What is desirable in a person is his fidelity;

better to be a poor person than a liar.

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The fear of the LORD leads to life;

one will sleep at night[fn] without danger.

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The slacker buries his hand in the bowl;

he doesn’t even bring it back to his mouth!

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Strike a mocker, and the inexperienced learn a lesson;

rebuke the discerning, and he gains knowledge.

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The one who plunders his father and evicts his mother

is a disgraceful and shameful son.

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If you stop listening to correction, my son,

you will stray from the words of knowledge.

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A worthless witness mocks justice,

and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity.

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Judgments are prepared for mockers,

and beatings for the backs of fools.

CSB Footnotes
Lit who is hasty with feet
Hb uncertain
Lit acquires a heart
Or despises, or treats lightly
Lit to him
Lit don’t lift up your soul to his death
Lit in your end
Lit will spend the night satisfied

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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