Proverbs 19 – New International Version (NIV)

  1. Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
  2. Desire without knowledge is not good— how much more will hasty feet miss the way!
  3. A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord.
  4. Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.
  5. A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
  6. Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.
  7. The poor are shunned by all their relatives— how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found.[a]
  8. The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
  9. A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.
  10. It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury— how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
  11. A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
  12. A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
  13. A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.
  14. Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
  15. Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.
  16. Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
  17. Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.
  18. Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.
  19. A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.
  20. Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
  21. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
  22. What a person desires is unfailing love[b]; better to be poor than a liar.
  23. The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
  24. A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
  25. Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.
  26. Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother is a child who brings shame and disgrace.
  27. Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
  28. A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
  29. Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.


a. Proverbs 19:7 The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.
b. Proverbs 19:22 Or Greed is a person’s shame

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Proverbs 19 – King James Version (KJV)

  1. Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, Than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
  2. Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; And he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
  3. The foolishness of man perverteth his way: And his heart fretteth against the LORD.
  4. Wealth maketh many friends; But the poor is separated from his neighbour.
  5. A false witness shall not be unpunished, And he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
  6. Many will intreat the favour of the prince: And every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
  7. All the brethren of the poor do hate him: How much more do his friends go far from him? He pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
  8. He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: He that keepeth understanding shall find good.
  9. A false witness shall not be unpunished, And he that speaketh lies shall perish.
  10. Delight is not seemly for a fool; Much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
  11. The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; And it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
  12. The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; But his favour is as dew upon the grass.
  13. A foolish son is the calamity of his father: And the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
  14. House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: And a prudent wife is from the LORD.
  15. Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; And an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
  16. He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; But he that despiseth his ways shall die.
  17. He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; And that which he hath given will he pay him again.
  18. Chasten thy son while there is hope, And let not thy 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 in thy latter end.
  21. There are many devices in a man’s heart; Nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
  22. The desire of a man is his kindness: And a poor man is better than a liar.
  23. The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: And he that hath it shall abide satisfied; He shall not be visited with evil.
  24. A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
  25. Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: And reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
  26. He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, Is a son 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 devoureth iniquity.
  29. Judgments are prepared for scorners, And stripes for the back of fools.