The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 19:1–29

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Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity than he that is perverse in his lips and a fool at the same time.

Better is the poor who walks in his simplicity, than the rich who twists his lips and is unwise.

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Also, that the soul be without knowledge is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

Where there is no knowledge of the soul, there is no good. And whoever hurries with his feet will stumble.

He who has no knowledge of his own soul, it is not good for him; and he who is hasty with his feet sins.

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The foolishness of man perverteth his way; and his heart fretteth against YHWH.

The folly of a man spoils his ways: and he blames God in his heart.

The foolishness of a man undermines his steps. And then he seethes in his soul against God.

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Wealth addeth many friends; but as for the poor, his friend separateth himself from him.

Riches adds many friends. But from the pauper, even those whom he had become separated.

Wealth makes many friends; but a poor man is deserted by his friends.

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A false witness shall not be unpunished; and he that breatheth forth lies shall not escape.

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Many will entreat the favour of the liberal man; and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

Many court the favour of kings; but every bad man becomes a reproach to another man.

Many honor the character of one who is powerful, and there are friends for a giver of gifts.

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All the brethren of the poor do hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him! He that pursueth words, they turn against him.

Every one who hates his poor brother shall also be far from friendship. Good understanding will draw near to them that know it, and a sensible man will find it. He that does much harm perfects mischief; and he that used provoking words shall not escape.

The brothers of the poor man hate him. Moreover, even his friends have withdrawn far from him. Whoever pursues only words shall have nothing.

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He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul; he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

But whoever possesses reason loves his own soul. And one who guards prudence shall discover good things.

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A false witness shall not be unpunished; and he that breatheth forth lies shall perish.

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10  Luxury is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

10  Delight does not suit a fool, nor is it seemly if a servant should begin to rule with haughtiness.

10  Fine things are not fitting for the foolish, nor is it fitting for a servant to rule over princes.

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11  It is the discretion of a man to be slow to anger, and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

11  A merciful man is long-suffering; and his triumph overtakes transgressors.

11  The doctrine of a man is known through patience. And his glory is to pass beyond iniquities.

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12  The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

12  The threatening of a king is like the roaring of a lion; but as dew on the grass, so is his favour.

12  Like the roaring of a lion, so also is the wrath of a king. And his cheerfulness is like the dew upon the grass.

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13  A foolish son is the calamity of his father; and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

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14  House and riches are the inheritance of fathers; but a prudent wife is from YHWH.

14  Fathers divide house and substance to their children: but a wife is suited to a man by the Lord.

14  A house and its riches are given by parents. But a prudent wife is particularly from the Lord.

15  Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and the idle soul shall suffer hunger.

15  Cowardice possesses the effeminate man; and the soul of the sluggard shall hunger.

15  Laziness sends one into a deep sleep, and a dissolute soul will go hungry.

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16  He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul; but he that despiseth His ways shall die.

16  Whoever guards a commandment guards his own soul. But whoever neglects his own way will die.

16  He who keeps the law keeps his own soul; but he who despises right ways shall die.

17  He that is gracious unto the poor lendeth unto YHWH; and his good deed will He repay unto him.

17  Whoever is merciful to the poor lends to the Lord. And he will repay him for his efforts.

17  He who has pity upon the poor is a companion of the LORD; and he shall be repaid according to his works.

18  Chasten thy son, for there is hope; but set not thy heart on his destruction.

18  Teach your son; do not despair. But do not set your soul toward putting him to death.

18  Chasten your son while there is hope, and let not your soul share his dishonor.

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19  A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment; for if thou interpose, thou wilt add thereto.

19  A malicious man shall be severely punished, and if he commit injury, he shall also lose his life.

19  Whoever is impatient will sustain damage. And when it has been taken away, he will set up another.

20  Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

20  Hear, son, the instruction of thy father, that thou mayest be wise at thy latter end.

20  Listen to counsel and take up discipline, so that you may be wise in your latter days.

21  There are many devices in a man's heart; but the counsel of YHWH, that shall stand.

21  There are many thoughts in a man’s heart; but the counsel of the Lord abides for ever.

21  There are many intentions in the heart of a man. But the will of the Lord shall stand firm.

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22  The lust of a man is his shame; and a poor man is better than a liar.

22  An indigent man is merciful. And a pauper is better than a deceitful man.

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23  The fear of YHWH tendeth to life; and he that hath it shall abide satisfied, he shall not be visited with evil.

23  The fear of the Lord is life to a man: and he shall lodge without fear in places where knowledge is not seen.

23  Reverence for the LORD leads to life; and he who is satisfied with it shall abide; he shall not be visited with evil.

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24  The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish, and will not so much as bring it back to his mouth.

24  He that unjustly hides his hands in his bosom, will not even bring them up to his mouth.

24  A sluggard hides his hands in his bosom and will not even try to bring them to his mouth again.

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25  When thou smitest a scorner, the simple will become prudent; and when one that hath understanding is reproved, he will understand knowledge.

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26  A son that dealeth shamefully and reproachfully will despoil his father, and chase away his mother.

26  He that dishonours his father, and drives away his mother, shall be disgraced and shall be exposed to reproach.

26  Whoever afflicts his father and flees from his mother is disreputable and unhappy.

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27  Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

27  A son who ceases to attend to the instruction of a father will cherish evil designs.

27  Son, do not cease listening to doctrine, and do not be ignorant of the sermons of knowledge.

28  An ungodly witness mocketh at right; and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

28  He that becomes surety for a foolish child will despise the ordinance: and the mouth of ungodly men shall drink down judgement.

28  An unjust witness ridicules judgment. And the mouth of the impious devours iniquity.

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29  Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

29  Scourges are preparing for the intemperate, and punishments likewise for fools.

29  Grief is prepared for those who scoff at justice, and a scourge for foolish people.