19:1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.

19:2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.

19:3 A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.

19:4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man's friend deserts him.

19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.

19:6 Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.

19:7 A poor man is shunned by all his relatives--how much more do his friends avoid him! Though he pursues them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found.

19:8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.

19:9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.

19:10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury--how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!

19:11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.

19:12 A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

19:13 A foolish son is his father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.

19:14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.

19:15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.

19:16 He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.

19:17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.

19:18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.

19:19 A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.

19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.

19:21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD'S purpose that prevails.

19:22 What a man desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.

19:23 The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

19:24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

19:25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.

19:26 He who robs his father and drives out his mother is a son who brings shame and disgrace.

19:27 Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

19:28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

19:29 Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.