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19 Better a poor man who lives with integrity g

than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool.

Even zeal is not good without knowledge, h

and the one who acts hastily i sins. j

A man’s own foolishness leads him astray,

yet his heart rages against the Lord. k

Wealth attracts many friends, l

but a poor man is separated from his friend.

A false witness will not go unpunished, m

and one who utters lies will not escape. n

Many seek a ruler’s favor, o

and everyone is a friend of one who gives gifts. p

All the brothers of a poor man hate him; q

how much more do his friends

keep their distance from him!

He may pursue them with words, r

but they are not there. s

The one who acquires good sense t loves himself;

one who safeguards understanding finds success. u

A false witness will not go unpunished,

and one who utters lies perishes. v

10 Luxury is not appropriate for a fool w

how much less for a slave to rule over princes! x

11 A person’s insight gives him patience, y

and his virtue is to overlook an offense. z

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

but his favor is like dew on the grass. b

13 A foolish son is his father’s ruin, c

and a wife’s nagging is an endless dripping. d

14 A house and wealth are inherited from fathers, e

but a sensible wife is from the Lord.

15 Laziness induces deep sleep,

and a lazy person will go hungry. f

16 The one who keeps commands preserves himself; g

one who disregards h his ways will die. i

17 Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord, j

and He will give a reward to the lender. k l

18 Discipline your son while there is hope;

don’t be intent on killing him. m n

19 A person with great anger bears the penalty;

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

20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction

so that you may be wise later in life. p q

21 Many plans are in a man’s heart,

but the Lord’s decree will prevail. r

22 What is desirable in a man is his fidelity;

better to be a poor man than a liar. s

23 The * fear of the Lord leads to life;

one will sleep at night t without danger. u

24 The slacker buries his hand in the bowl;

he doesn’t even bring it back to his mouth. v

25 Strike a mocker, and the inexperienced learn a lesson; w

rebuke the discerning, and he gains knowledge. x

26 The one who assaults his father and evicts his mother

is a disgraceful and shameful son.

27 If you stop listening to correction, my son,

you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28 A worthless witness mocks justice,

and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity. y

29 Judgments are prepared for mockers,

and beatings for the backs of fools. z


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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