1 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.
1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
1 A poor man who walks blamelessly is better than a fool who speaks perversely.
1 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is perverse in his speech and is a [self-confident] fool.
2 Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs.
2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
2 Furthermore, it isn't good to be ignorant, and whoever rushes into things misses the mark.
2 Desire without knowledge is not good, and to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.
3 The foolishness of man ruins his way, And his heart rages against the LORD.
3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
3 A man's foolishness ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.
3 The foolishness of man subverts his way [ruins his affairs]; then his heart is resentful and frets against the Lord.
4 Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.
4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
4 Wealth makes many friends, but the poor man is avoided by his neighbor.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.
5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
5 A witness to lies will not go unpunished; the teller of falsehoods will not escape.
5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he who breathes out lies shall not escape.
6 Many will seek the favor of a generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.
6 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
6 Many curry favor of an official; everyone is a friend of the gift giver.
6 Many will entreat the favor of a liberal man, and every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.
7 All the brothers of a poor man hate him; How much more do his friends abandon him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.
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.
7 All the relatives of a poor person shun him how much more do his friends avoid him! Though he runs after them pleading, they aren't around.
7 All the brothers of a poor man detest him -- "how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.
8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.
8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
8 Whoever obtains wisdom loves himself, and whoever treasures understanding will prosper.
8 He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will perish.
9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
9 A witness to lies will not go unpunished; the teller of falsehoods will perish.
9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he who breathes forth lies shall perish.
10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool; Much less for a slave to rule over princes.
10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
10 It's not fitting for a fool to live in luxury; neither is it for a servant to rule over princes.
10 Luxury is not fitting for a [self-confident] fool -- "much less for a slave to rule over princes.
11 A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
11 A person's discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is to his credit that he ignores an offence.
11 Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.
12 The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.
12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
12 The king's anger is like the roaring of a lion, but his goodwill is like dew on the grass.
12 The king's wrath is as terrifying as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as [refreshing as] dew upon the grass.
13 A foolish son is destruction to his father, And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.
13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
13 A father's ruin is a foolish son, and a wife's quarreling is like dripping water that never stops.
13 A self-confident and foolish son is the [multiplied] calamity of his father, and the contentions of a wife are like a continual dripping [of water through a chink in the roof].
14 House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the LORD.
14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
14 A house and self-sufficiency are a father's inheritance, but from the LORD comes an insightful wife.
14 House and riches are the inheritance from fathers, but a wise, understanding, and prudent wife is from the Lord.
15 Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger.
15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
15 Laziness puts one to sleep, and an idle person will go hungry.
15 Slothfulness casts one into a deep sleep, and the idle person shall suffer hunger.
16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of conduct will die.
16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
16 Whoever obeys a commandment keeps himself safe, but someone who is contemptuous in conduct will die.
16 He who keeps the commandment [of the Lord] keeps his own life, but he who despises His ways shall die.
17 One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.
17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
17 Whoever is kind to the poor is lending to the LORD the benefit of his gift will return to him in abundance.
17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him.
18 Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death.
18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
18 Discipline your son while there is still hope but don't set your heart on his destruction.
18 Discipline your son while there is hope, but do not [indulge your angry resentments by undue chastisements and] set yourself to his ruin.
19 A man of great anger will bear the penalty, For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
19 The person who has great anger must pay the consequences, because if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer the penalty; for if you deliver him [from the consequences], he will [feel free to] cause you to do it again.
20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.
20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and you'll be wise for the rest of your life.
20 Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.
21 Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.
21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
21 Many plans occupy the mind of a man, but the LORD's purposes will prevail.
21 Many plans are in a man's mind, but it is the Lord's purpose for him that will stand.
22 What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
22 Human beings long for grace, and it's better to be poor than a man of deceit.
22 That which is desired in a man is loyalty and kindness [and his glory and delight are his giving], but a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
23 The fear of the LORD leads to life; whoever is satisfied with it will rest, untouched by evil.
23 The reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied; he cannot be visited with [actual] evil.
24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, But will not even bring it back to his mouth.
24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
24 The lazy person buries his hand in his dish and doesn't bother to bring it back to his mouth.
24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.
25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
25 If you scourge a scoffer, the simple person may learn to be discreet; rebuke a discerning man and he will gain understanding.
25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will increase in knowledge.
26 He who assaults his father and drives his mother away Is a shameful and disgraceful son.
26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
26 Whoever mistreats his father and alienates his mother is a son who brings both shame and disrespect.
26 He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.
27 Cease listening, my son, to discipline, And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
27 My son, if you stop listening to instruction, you will stray from the principles of knowledge.
27 Cease, my son, to hear instruction only to ignore it and stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.
28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
28 A corrupt witness mocks justice, and the wicked person feeds on iniquity.
28 A worthless witness scoffs at justice, and the mouth of the wicked swallows iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And blows for the back of fools.
29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
29 Condemnation is appropriate for mockers, just as beatings are for the backs of fools.
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the backs of [self-confident] fools.
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