New English Translation
1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his speech and is a fool.
2 It is dangerous to have zeal without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily makes poor choices.
3 A person's folly subverts his way, and his heart rages against the LORD.
4 Wealth adds many friends, but a poor person is separated from his friend.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and the one who spouts out lies will not escape punishment.
6 Many people entreat the favor of a generous person, and everyone is the friend of the person who gives gifts.
7 All the relatives of a poor person hate him; how much more do his friends avoid him - he pursues them with words, but they do not respond.
8 The one who acquires wisdom loves himself; the one who preserves understanding will prosper.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and the one who spouts out lies will perish.
10 Luxury is not appropriate for a fool; how much less for a servant to rule over princes!
11 A person's wisdom makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
12 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish child is the ruin of his father, and a contentious wife is like a constant dripping.
14 A house and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Laziness brings on a deep sleep, and the idle person will go hungry.
16 The one who obeys commandments guards his life; the one who despises his ways will die.
17 The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the LORD, and the LORD will repay him for his good deed.
18 Discipline your child, for there is hope, but do not set your heart on causing his death.
19 A person with great anger bears the penalty, but if you deliver him from it once, you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to advice and receive discipline, that you may become wise by the end of your life.
21 There are many plans in a person's mind, but it is the counsel of the LORD which will stand.
22 What is desirable for a person is to show loyal love, and a poor person is better than a liar.
23 Fearing the LORD leads to life, and one who does so will live satisfied; he will not be afflicted by calamity.
24 The sluggard plunges his hand in the dish, and he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25 Flog a scorner, and as a result the simpleton will learn prudence; correct a discerning person, and as a result he will understand knowledge.
26 The one who robs his father and chases away his mother is a son who brings shame and disgrace.
27 If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A crooked witness scorns justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and floggings for the backs of fools.
King James Version
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.