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Proverbs 19 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Fear of the LORD Leads to Life
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:1 - Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:2 - Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge,
And he sins who hastens with his feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:3 - The foolishness of a man twists his way,
And his heart frets against the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:4 - Wealth makes many friends,
But the poor is separated from his friend.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:5 - A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who speaks lies will not escape.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:6 - Many entreat the favor of the nobility,
And every man is a friend to one who gives gifts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:7 - All the brothers of the poor hate him;
How much more do his friends go far from him!
He may pursue them with words, yet they abandon him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:8 - He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:9 - A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who speaks lies shall perish.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:10 - Luxury is not fitting for a fool,
Much less for a servant to rule over princes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:11 - The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger,
And his glory is to overlook a transgression.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:12 - The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion,
But his favor is like dew on the grass.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:13 - A foolish son is the ruin of his father,
And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:14 - Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:15 - Laziness casts one into a deep sleep,
And an idle person will suffer hunger.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:16 - He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who is careless[fn] of his ways will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:17 - He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD,
And He will pay back what he has given.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:18 - Chasten your son while there is hope,
And do not set your heart on his destruction.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:19 - A man of great wrath will suffer punishment;
For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:20 - Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
That you may be wise in your latter days.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:21 - There are many plans in a man’s heart,
Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:22 - What is desired in a man is kindness,
And a poor man is better than a liar.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:23 - The fear of the LORD leads to life,
And he who has it will abide in satisfaction;
He will not be visited with evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:24 - A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl,[fn]
And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:25 - Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become wary;
Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:26 - He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother
Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:27 - Cease listening to instruction, my son,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:28 - A disreputable witness scorns justice,
And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:29 - Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
And beatings for the backs of fools.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally despises, figurative of recklessness or carelessness
Literally to put him to death; a Jewish tradition reads on his crying.
Septuagint and Syriac read bosom; Targum and Vulgate read armpit.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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