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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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Proverbs 19:1-29

19 * Better a poor man leading a conscientious lifethan a man of crooked lips, he being a fool. 2 * When a soul has not knowledge it is not good either,and one who is in haste with his feet goes wrong. 3  A man’s ignorance muddles his affairsand he flies out against Jehovah. 4  Possessions add many friends;but a poor man is parted from the friend he has. 5  A false witness will not be held guiltlessnor a lie-blower come off scot-free. 6  Many curry favor with a nobleman,and everybody is friend to a free giver. 7 * All a poor man’s brothers hate him;much more do his friends get far away from him.One who does much evil will achieve disaster,and one who rebels against words will not come off safe. 8  One who invests in brains loves his life;one who takes care for intelligence is going to find good. 9  A false witness will not be held guiltlessand a lie-blower will perish. 10  Luxury is not befitting for a fool;much less is ruling over generals for a slave. 11 * For a man to exercise patience is good business,and to pass over offenses is an adornment to him. 12  A king’s displeasure is a growl like a two-year-old lion’s, and his approval is like dew on herbage. 13  A foolish son is a catastrophe to his father,and a woman’s wrangles are a steadily dribbling leak in the roof. 14  A house and goods are an inheritance from parents,but a wife who minds her business is from Jehovah. 15 * Laziness throws one into a trance,and a slacker’s appetite will go hungry. 16 * One who keeps a commandment is keeping his life safe,and one who slights his courses will come to his death. 17  One who does a kindness to a poor man is lending to Jehovah, and he will pay him back in kind. 18  Chastise your son, because there is a hope,and do not expect to kill him. 19 * A man with too hot a temper has to pay the penalty,for if you interfere you make things still worse. 20  Listen to advice and accept instruction,in order that you may be wise in future. 21  A man has plenty of ideas in his mind,but Jehovah’s plan is what stands. 22 ** A man’s goodwill is his friendliness,and a poor man is better than a liar. 23 * Fearing Jehovah leads to life,and one passes the night with a full stomach, unvisited by harm. 24  An idler has buried his hand in the dish,will not even bring it back to his mouth. 25  You give a cynic a beating, and a simpleton grows shrewder; one admonishes a man of sense, and he sees the point. 26 * A worthless and disgraceful sonlays waste his father’s house and makes his mother a fugitive. 27  Beware, my son, of listening to instructionto err from ways of knowledge. 28 * An unscrupulous witness takes a cynic’s view of justice,and wrong-doers’ mouths stream villainy. 29 * Whips are ready for cynicsand poundings for backs of fools.

Footnotes

19:1 Var. of crooked courses, he being rich
19:2 (first part) Unc.
19:7 (second half) Susp.; var. instead of the two lines One who chases after words, they are not (var. his they are)
19:11 Var.* A man’s hard-headedness makes him patient, and to
19:15 Lit. a slack appetite
19:16 Lit. despises his courses Conj. despises a word
19:19 Unc., susp.
19:22 Var. A man’s friendships are his income
19:22 Conj. than a hard-hearted one
19:23 Conj. one has a full stomach for the night and no dread of harm
19:26 Or One who does violence to his father and drives out his mother is a worthless and disgraceful son
19:28 Codd. swallow up villainy
19:29 Var. Judgments are ready