(Prov 19:1 NASB)  Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.

Prov 19:1:      Integrity is much better than wealth.


(Prov 19:2 NASB)  Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who makes haste with his feet errs.

Prov 19:2:      He who proceeds without caution and direction will hasten into sin.


(Prov 19:3 NASB)  The foolishness of man subverts his way, And his heart rages against the LORD.

Prov 19:3:      The foolishness man blames Elohim for his failures that he brings upon himself.


(Prov 19:4 NASB)  Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.

Prov 19:4:      This is just how life is sometimes.


(Prov 19:5 NASB)  A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.

Prov 19:5:      False witnesses and liars will not go unpunished.


(Prov 19:6 NASB)  Many will entreat the favor of a generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.

Prov 19:6:      This is just another fact of life.


(Prov 19:7 NASB)  All the brothers of a poor man hate him; How much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.

Prov 19:7:      This is the state of the poor man who apparently is always in want from his family and acquaintances.  He pursues them with words, but they flee.


(Prov 19:8 NASB)  He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.
(Prov 19:9 NASB)  A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will perish.

Prov 19:9:      These are Proverbs very similar to ones we have already seen.  He who gets wisdom loves his own soul (life).


(Prov 19:10 NASB)  Luxury is not fitting for a fool; Much less for a slave to rule over princes.

Prov 19:10:      Comfort tends to confirm a fool in his folly.


(Prov 19:11 NASB)  A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.

Prov 19:11:      If a man is slow to anger, he is showing discretion (wisdom).  It is to his own glory to overlook a transgression.


(Prov 19:12 NASB)  The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.

Prov 19:12:      It is always wise to stay on the good side of one with power.


(Prov 19:13 NASB)  A foolish son is destruction to his father, And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.

Prov 19:13:      These are both very true.  The fact that the two are mentioned here together is likely a reference to a domineering wife and mother who constantly sides with her foolish son in defiance to the father’s authority.


(Prov 19:14 NASB)  House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the LORD.

Prov 19:14:      House and wealth are sometimes inherited, but do not assure happiness.  But a prudent wife (as opposed to a contentious wife) is a gift from Elohim that brings a man joy and strength.


(Prov 19:15 NASB)  Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger.

Prov 19:15:      This is more caution against laziness.


(Prov 19:16 NASB)  He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die.

Prov 19:16:      The Hebrew word for “soul” is nephesh.  It is translated 183 times as “life” or something similar.  He who keeps the commandments keeps his life (Luke 10:25-28, 1 Cor. 7:19, 1 John 3:21-22).


(Prov 19:17 NASB)  He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.

Prov 19:17:      Graciously lending to a poor man is lending to Elohim, who will repay him for this (112:9, Isa. 58:7-11).


(Prov 19:18 NASB)  Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death.

Prov 19:18:      We are to discipline our children.  To neglect to do so is to desire his death.


(Prov 19:19 NASB)  A man of great anger shall bear the penalty, For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.

Prov 19:19:      It is futile to rescue a man of great anger because his temper will repeatedly land him in more trouble.


(Prov 19:20 NASB)  Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.

Prov 19:20:      Wisdom learned in youth gives understanding and prudence in adulthood and old age.


(Prov 19:21 NASB)  Many are the plans in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the LORD, it will stand.

Prov 19:21:      This is a contrast between man’s plans and Elohim’s counsel.  The plans of man are many, varied, and contradicting.  The counsel and plan of Elohim is forever (Isa 14:24-27, 46:10, Acts 4:27-28).


(Prov 19:22 NASB)  What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.

Prov 19:22:      Kindness is a desirable trait in a man.  A liar is greatly despised.


(Prov 19:23 NASB)  The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.

Prov 19:23:      The fear of Yahweh is to keep His commandments, this gives life (Deut 5:29, Matt 5:6, Isa. 55:1-3).


(Prov 19:24 NASB)  The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, And will not even bring it back to his mouth.

Prov 19:24:      There are those who are so lazy they want you to feed them.


(Prov 19:25 NASB)  Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.

Prov 19:25:      This is a contrast between the simple, naive person and the one who has understanding.  The simpleton needs to see the mocker suffer in order to learn.  A man of understanding needs only words of reproof.


(Prov 19:26 NASB)  He who assaults his father and drives his mother away Is a shameful and disgraceful son.

Prov 19:26:      There comes a time when a son is too big to physically control.  If he has not been disciplined in his youth, he can be a tyrant to his parents when he gets older.


(Prov 19:27 NASB)  Cease listening, my son, to discipline, And you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Prov 19:27:      The one who stops listening and obeying Torah, will soon go astray.


(Prov 19:28 NASB)  A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.

Prov 19:28:      To practice evil (breaking Torah) is the enjoyment of the wicked.


(Prov 19:29 NASB)  Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And blows for the back of fools.

Prov 19:29:      Judgment is prepared for scoffers.  Peter spoke of this (2 Peter 3:3-7).

Patrick McGuire

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