1Better a poor person who lives with integrity19:1 Ps 26:11; 37:16; Pr 10:9; 14:2; 20:7; 28:6
than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool.

2Even zeal is not good without knowledge,19:2 Rm 10:2
and the one who acts hastily19:2 Lit who is hasty with feet sins.19:2 Pr 21:5; 28:20; 29:20

3A person’s own foolishness leads him astray,
yet his heart rages against the Lord.19:3 Is 8:21

4Wealth attracts many friends,19:4 Pr 14:20; 19:6
but a poor person is separated from his friend.

5A false witness will not go unpunished,19:5 Dt 19:16–19; Pr 19:9; 21:28
and one who utters lies will not escape.19:5 Pr 6:19

6Many seek a ruler’s favor,19:6 Pr 29:26
and everyone is a friend of one who gives gifts.19:6 Pr 14:20; 17:8; 19:4

7All the brothers of a poor person hate him;19:7 Ps 38:11
how much more do his friends
keep their distance from him!
He may pursue them with words,19:7 Pr 18:23
but they are not there.19:7 Hb uncertain

8The one who acquires good sense19:8 Lit acquires a heart loves himself;
one who safeguards understanding finds success.19:8 Pr 16:20

9A false witness will not go unpunished,
and one who utters lies perishes.19:9 Pr 19:5; 21:28

10Luxury is not appropriate for a fool19:10 Pr 17:7; 26:1
how much less for a slave to rule over princes!19:10 Pr 30:22; Ec 10:6–7

11A person’s insight gives him patience,19:11 Pr 14:29
and his virtue is to overlook an offense.19:11 Pr 11:13; 17:9

12A king’s rage is like the roaring of a lion,19:12 Pr 16:14
but his favor is like dew on the grass.19:12 Ps 133:3; Pr 20:2; 28:15; Hs 14:5; Mc 5:7

13A foolish son is his father’s ruin,19:13 Pr 10:1; 17:25; 28:7
and a wife’s nagging is an endless dripping.19:13 Pr 21:9,19; 27:15

14A house and wealth are inherited from fathers,19:14 2Co 12:14
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

15Laziness induces deep sleep,
and a lazy person will go hungry.19:15 Pr 6:9–11; 10:4; 13:4; 21:25

16The one who keeps commands preserves himself;19:16 Lk 10:28
one who disregards19:16 Or despises, or treats lightly his ways will die.19:16 Pr 3:1–2; 4:4; 13:13

17Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord,19:17 Dt 15:7–10; Pr 14:31; 28:27; Ec 11:1–2; Mt 10:42; 25:40; 2Co 9:6–8; Heb 6:10
and he will give a reward to the lender.19:17 Lit to him19:17 Lk 6:38

18Discipline your son while there is hope;
don’t set your heart on being the cause of his death.19:18 Lit don’t lift up your soul to his death19:18 Pr 13:24; 23:13–14; 29:17

19A person with intense anger bears the penalty;
if you rescue him, you’ll have to do it again.19:19 Pr 22:24–25; 29:22

20Listen to counsel and receive instruction
so that you may be wise later in life.19:20 Lit in your end19:20 Pr 12:1; 15:5,31–32

21Many plans are in a person’s heart,
but the Lord’s decree will prevail.19:21 Ps 33:10–11; Pr 16:1,9,33; 21:31; Is 14:26–27

22What is desirable in a person is his fidelity;
better to be a poor person than a liar.19:22 Pr 19:1; 28:6

23The fear of the Lord leads to life;
one will sleep at night19:23 Lit will spend the night satisfied without danger.19:23 Pr 14:26–27

24The slacker buries his hand in the bowl;
he doesn’t even bring it back to his mouth!19:24 Pr 12:27; 20:4; 26:14–15

25Strike a mocker, and the inexperienced learn a lesson;19:25 Pr 21:11
rebuke the discerning, and he gains knowledge.19:25 Pr 9:8

26The one who plunders his father and evicts his mother
is a disgraceful and shameful son.

27If you stop listening to correction, my son,
you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28A worthless witness mocks justice,
and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity.19:28 Jb 15:16; 34:7

29Judgments are prepared for mockers,
and beatings for the backs of fools.19:29 Pr 10:13; 18:6; 26:3