Episode 146: Proverbs 19
Better a poor person who lives with integrity than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool. Even zeal is not good without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily sins. A person’s own foolishness leads him astray, yet his heart rages against the Lord. Wealth attracts many friends, but a poor person is separated from his friend. A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who utters lies will not escape. Many seek a ruler’s favor, and everyone is a friend of one who gives gifts. All the brothers of a poor person hate him; how much more do his friends keep their distance from him! He may pursue them with words, but they are not there. The one who acquires good sense loves himself; one who safeguards understanding finds success. A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who utters lies perishes. Luxury is not appropriate for a fool —how much less for a slave to rule over princes! A person’s insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense. A king’s rage is like the roaring of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass. A foolish son is his father’s ruin, and a wife’s nagging is an endless dripping. A house and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. Laziness induces deep sleep, and a lazy person will go hungry. The one who keeps commands preserves himself; one who disregards his ways will die. Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord, and he will give a reward to the lender. Discipline your son while there is hope; don’t set your heart on being the cause of his death. A person with intense anger bears the penalty; if you rescue him, you’ll have to do it again. Listen to counsel and receive instruction so that you may be wise later in life. Many plans are in a person’s heart, but the Lord’s decree will prevail. What is desirable in a person is his fidelity; better to be a poor person than a liar. The fear of the Lord leads to life; one will sleep at night without danger. The slacker buries his hand in the bowl; he doesn’t even bring it back to his mouth! Strike a mocker, and the inexperienced learn a lesson; rebuke the discerning, and he gains knowledge. The one who plunders his father and evicts his mother is a disgraceful and shameful son. If you stop listening to correction, my son, you will stray from the words of knowledge. A worthless witness mocks justice, and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity. Judgments are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.
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