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Proverbs 19 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:1 - Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:2 - Desire without knowledge is not good— how much more will hasty feet miss the way!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:3 - A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:4 - Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:5 - A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:6 - Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:7 - The poor are shunned by all their relatives— how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:8 - The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:9 - A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:10 - It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury— how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:11 - A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:12 - A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:13 - A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:14 - Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:15 - Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:16 - Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:17 - Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:18 - Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:19 - A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:20 - Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:21 - Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:22 - What a person desires is unfailing love[fn]; better to be poor than a liar.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:23 - The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:24 - A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:25 - Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:26 - Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother is a child who brings shame and disgrace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:27 - Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:28 - A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:29 - Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.
NIV Footnotes
The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.
Or Greed is a person’s shame

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