Proverbs 19

Proverbs 19:1-8

19:1   Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity
    than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.
  Desire1 without knowledge is not good,
    and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
  When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin,
    his heart rages against the LORD.
  Wealth brings many new friends,
    but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
  A false witness will not go unpunished,
    and he who breathes out lies will not escape.
  Many seek the favor of a generous man,2
    and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.
  All a poor man’s brothers hate him;
    how much more do his friends go far from him!
  He pursues them with words, but does not have them.3
  Whoever gets sense loves his own soul;
    he who keeps understanding will discover good.


[1] 19:2 Or A soul

[2] 19:6 Or of a noble

[3] 19:7 The meaning of the Hebrew sentence is uncertain