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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 19

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1Better a poor man who walks in his integrity than he who is crooked in his ways and rich. n Prv 28, 6 .

2Without knowledge even zeal is not good; and he who acts hastily, blunders.

3A man's own folly upsets his way, but his heart is resentful against the LORD.

4Wealth adds many friends, but the friend of the poor man deserts him. o Prv 14, 20; Sir 13, 20ff .

5The false witness will not go unpunished, and he who utters lies will not escape. p Dt 19, 16–20; Dn 13, 61 .

6Many curry favor with a noble; all are friends of the man who has something to give.

7All the poor man's brothers hate him; how much more do his friends shun him!

8He who gains intelligence is his own best friend; he who keeps understanding will be successful.

9The false witness will not go unpunished, and he who utters lies will perish.

10Luxury is not befitting a fool; much less should a slave rule over princes.

11It is good sense in a man to be slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

12The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion, but his favor, like dew on the grass. q Prv 20, 2 .

13The foolish son is ruin to his father, r Prv 10, 1; 17, 25 . and the nagging of a wife is a persistent leak.

14Home and possessions are an inheritance from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD. s Prv 18, 22 .

15Laziness plunges a man into deep sleep, and the sluggard must go hungry. t Prv 6, 9ff .

16He who keeps the precept keeps his life, but the despiser of the word will die. u Prv 13, 13; 16, 17 .

17He who has compassion on the poor lends to the LORD, v Prv 14, 21; 22, 9; 28, 27 . and he will repay him for his good deed.*

18Chastise your son, for in this there is hope; but do not desire his death. w Prv 13, 24; 23, 13f .

19The man of violent temper pays the penalty; even if you rescue him, you will have it to do again.

20Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise. 21Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the decision of the LORD that endures. x Prv 16, 9 .

22From a man's greed comes his shame; rather be a poor man than a liar.

23The fear of the LORD is an aid to life; one eats and sleeps without being visited by misfortune.

24The sluggard loses his hand in the dish; he will not even lift it to his mouth. y Prv 26, 15 .

25If you beat an arrogant man, the simple learn a lesson; if you rebuke an intelligent man, he gains knowledge. z Prv 17, 10; 21, 11 .

26He who mistreats his father, or drives away his mother, is a worthless and disgraceful son. a Sir 3, 16 .

27If a son ceases to hear instruction, he wanders from words of knowledge.

28An unprincipled witness perverts justice, and the mouth of the wicked pours out iniquity.

29Rods are prepared for the arrogant, and blows for the backs of fools. b Prv 26, 3 .

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