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Wisdom – Proverbs 19 & 20 – Selected Verses

Proverbs 19    New Living Translation (NLT)


Better to be poor and honest
than to be dishonest and a fool.

Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good;
haste makes mistakes.

People ruin their lives by their own foolishness
and then are angry at the Lord.

Wealth makes many “friends”;
poverty drives them all away.

A false witness will not go unpunished,
nor will a liar escape.

To acquire wisdom is to love yourself;
people who cherish understanding will prosper.

11 Sensible people control their temper;
they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.

13 A foolish child[a] is a calamity to a father;
a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping.

14 Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth,
but only the Lord can give an understanding wife.

15 Lazy people sleep soundly,
but idleness leaves them hungry.

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