Better is the Poor Man with Integrity
1Better [is] the poor that walketh in his integrity, than [he that is] perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2Also, [that] the soul [be] without knowledge, [it is] not good; and he that hasteth with [his] feet sinneth.
3The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
4Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
5A FALSE witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall not escape.
6Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man [is] a friend to him that giveth gifts.
7All 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].
8He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
9A FALSE witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall perish.
10Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and [it is] his glory to pass over a transgression.
12The king's wrath [is] as the roaring of a lion; but his favour [is] as dew upon the grass.
13A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife [are] a continual dropping.
14House and riches [are] the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife [is] from the LORD.
15Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; [but] he that despiseth his ways shall die.
17He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
18Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
19A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver [him], yet thou must do it again.
20Hear 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.
22The desire of a man [is] his kindness: and a poor man [is] better than a liar.
23The fear of the LORD [tendeth] to life: and [he that hath it] shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24A slothful [man] hideth his hand in [his] bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, [and] he will understand knowledge.
26He that wasteth [his] father, [and] chaseth away [his] mother, [is] a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
27Cease, my son, to hear the instruction [that causeth] to err from the words of knowledge.
28An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
29Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.