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Chapter 19 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.

Chapter 20 1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.