19 It is better to be poor and to live without blame

than to be foolish and to twist words around.

2 It isn’t good to get all stirred up without knowledge.

And it isn’t good to be in a hurry and miss the way.

3 A man’s own foolish acts destroy his life.

But his heart is angry with the Lord.

4 Wealth brings many friends.

But the friends of poor people leave them alone.

5 A dishonest witness will be punished.

And those who pour out lies will not go free.

6 Many try to win the favor of rulers.

And everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.

7 A poor person is avoided by his whole family.

His friends avoid him even more.

The poor person runs after them to beg.

But he can’t find them.

8 Anyone who gets wisdom loves himself.

Anyone who values understanding succeeds.

9 A dishonest witness will be punished.

And those who pour out lies will die.

10 It isn’t proper for a foolish person to live in great comfort.

And it is much worse when a slave rules over princes!

11 A man’s wisdom makes him patient.

He will be honored if he forgives someone who sins against him.

12 A king’s anger is like a lion’s roar.

But his favor is like dew on the grass.

13 If a child is foolish, he destroys his father.

A nagging wife is like dripping that never stops.

14 You will receive houses and wealth from your parents.

But a wise wife is given by the Lord.

15 Anyone who doesn’t want to work sleeps his life away.

And a person who refuses to work goes hungry.

16 Those who obey what they are taught guard their lives.

But those who don’t care how they live will die.

17 Anyone who is kind to poor people lends to the Lord.

God will reward him for what he has done.

18 Train your child. Then there is hope.

Don’t do anything to bring about his death.

19 Anyone who burns with anger must pay for it.

If you save him, you will have to do it again.

20 Listen to advice and accept what you are taught.

In the end you will be wise.

21 A man may have many plans in his heart.

But the Lord’s purpose wins out in the end.

22 Every man longs for love that never fails.

It is better to be poor than to be a liar.

23 Having respect for the Lord leads to life.

Then you will be content and free from trouble.

24 A person who doesn’t want to work leaves his hand in the dish.

He won’t even bring it back up to his mouth!

25 If you whip a person who makes fun of others,

childish people will learn to be wise.

If you warn someone who already understands what is right,

he will gain even more knowledge.

26 A child who robs his father and drives out his mother

brings shame and dishonor.

27 My son, if you stop listening to what I teach you,

you will wander away from the words of knowledge.

28 A dishonest witness makes fun of what is right.

The mouths of those who do wrong gulp down evil.

29 Those who make fun of others will be judged.

Foolish people will be punished.


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