19 aBetter is the poor bthat walketh in his integrity,
aThan he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good;
And che that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
3 The foolishness of man dperverteth his way:
And ehis heart fretteth against the Lord.
4 fWealth maketh many friends;
But fthe poor is separated from his neighbour.
5 gA false witness shall not be †unpunished,
gAnd he hthat speaketh lies shall not escape.
6 iMany will kintreat the favour of the prince:
And levery man is a friend to †him that giveth gifts.
7 mAll the brethren of the poor do hate him:
How much more do his friends ngo far from him?
He opursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
8 He that pgetteth †wisdom loveth his own soul:
He that keepeth understanding qshall find good.
9 gA false witness shall not be unpunished,
gAnd he hthat speaketh lies rshall perish.
10 sDelight is not tseemly for a fool;
Much less ufor a servant to have rule over princes.
11 xThe ||discretion of a man deferreth his anger;
And it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12 The king’s wrath is yas the roaring of a lion;
But zhis favour is aas dew upon the grass.
13 bA foolish son is the calamity of his father:
And cthe contentions of a wife are a dcontinual dropping.
14 eHouse and riches are the inheritance of fathers:
And a prudent wife is ffrom the Lord.
15 gSlothfulness hcasteth into a deep sleep;
And an idle soul shall isuffer hunger.
16 kHe that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul;
But khe that despiseth his ways shall die.
17 lHe that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord;
And ||that which he hath given mwill he pay him again.
18 nChasten thy son while there is hope,
And let not othy soul spare ||for his crying.
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment:
For if thou deliver him, yet thou must †do it again.
20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction,
That thou mayest be wise pin thy latter end.
21 qThere are many devices in a man’s heart;
Nevertheless qthe counsel of the Lord, rthat shall stand.
22 The desire of a man is his skindness:
And a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of the Lord tendeth tto life:
And he that hath it shall uabide satisfied;
xHe shall not be visited with evil.
24 yA gslothful man hideth his hand in his zbosom,
And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 aSmite a fscorner, and the simple †bwill beware:
And creprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother,
Is a dson that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction
That causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
28 †An ungodly witness scorneth judgment:
And the mouth of the wicked edevoureth iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for fscorners,
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