Meditation and Prayer Journey – Proverbs 19

Proverbs 19


NIV Version,  Message VersionEnglish Standard Version (see the list of related scriptures at the bottom of the ESV page), King James Version

Amplified Version

1BETTER IS a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is perverse in his speech and is a [self-confident] fool.

2Desire without knowledge is not good, and to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.

3The foolishness of man subverts his way [ruins his affairs]; then his heart is resentful and frets against the Lord.

4Wealth makes many friends, but the poor man is avoided by his neighbor.(A)

5A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he who breathes out lies shall not escape.(B)

6Many will entreat the favor of a liberal man, and every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.

7All the brothers of a poor man detest him–how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.

8He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good.

9A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he who breathes forth lies shall perish.

10Luxury is not fitting for a [self-confident] fool–much less for a slave to rule over princes.

11Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.

12The king’s wrath is as terrifying as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as [refreshing as] dew upon the grass.(C)

13A self-confident and foolish son is the [multiplied] calamity of his father, and the contentions of a wife are like a continual dripping [of water through a chink in the roof].

14House and riches are the inheritance from fathers, but a wise, understanding, and prudent wife is from the Lord.(D)

15Slothfulness casts one into a deep sleep, and the idle person shall suffer hunger.

16He who keeps the commandment [of the Lord] keeps his own life, but he who despises His ways shall die.(E)

17He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him.(F)

18Discipline your son while there is hope, but do not [indulge your angry resentments by undue chastisements and] set yourself to his ruin.

19A man of great wrath shall suffer the penalty; for if you deliver him [from the consequences], he will [feel free to] cause you to do it again.

20Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.

21Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.(G)

22That which is desired in a man is loyalty and kindness [and his glory and delight are his giving], but a poor man is better than a liar.

23The reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied; he cannot be visited with [actual] evil.(H)

24The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

25Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will increase in knowledge.

26He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.

27Cease, my son, to hear instruction only to ignore it and stray from the words of knowledge.

28A worthless witness scoffs at justice, and the mouth of the wicked swallows iniquity.

29Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the backs of [self-confident] fools.(I)

* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.

Further Study

Proverb-A-Day: Chapter 18

Proverbs Spiritual Checkup

Proverbs 19:1-9
Nothing But The Truth

A 12-year-old boy was a key witness in a lawsuit. One of the lawyers, after intense questioning, asked, “Your father told you what to say, didn’t he?”

“Yes,” answered the boy.

“Now tell us,” pursued the lawyer, “what were his instructions?”

“Well,” replied the boy, “Father told me the lawyers would try to tangle me in my testimony; but if I would just be careful and tell the truth, I could say the same thing every time.”

A truthful person has nothing to hide, but the person who lies pays an awful price for his dishonesty. One lie leads to another to cover up the previous one, and eventually the liar is caught in his own web of deceit. Proverbs 19:5 says, “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape.”

For a follower of Christ, however, the most important consideration is that truthfulness reflects our relationship with the Lord. Lying is the language of the devil (Jn. 8:44), but those who belong to Christ are to be known as people of truth (Eph. 4:15Col. 3:9).

Lying may seem like a convenient way out, but it’s really a dead-end. The right and sensible choice, therefore, is to speak the truth–and nothing but the truth. —Richard De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)

Tell the truth and tell it right,
A lie will never do;
The Bible says that God is truth–
He wants the truth from you. –JDB

Those who cook up stories will get into hot water

Proverbs 19:11
Danger: Explosives

A man from Michigan had an idea for removing a tree stump from the yard of a friend. He decided to use some dynamite he had stored away in his house. It did the trick. The explosion turned the stump into an airborne missile that traveled 163 feet downrange before crashing through a neighbor’s roof. The stump opened a 3-foot hole in the roof, split the rafters, and pushed through the ceiling of the dining room.

If we are honest, we can see ourselves in the actions of the dynamite user. We have used explosive words and actions to try to solve problems, which only made things worse. We get action, but we leave much damage in our wake.

We are not the first to let anger make trouble for us. It happened to people in the Bible too. Moses, for instance, became extremely frustrated with his murmuring followers (Numbers 20:10). So, instead of speaking to the rock to get water, as the Lord had instructed him, he angrily struck it twice (v.11). He did get water from the rock, but there was a problem–Moses had disobeyed God. Because of this, God told him he could not enter the Promised Land (v.12).

Anger, like dynamite, is explosive. Unless it is handled with wisdom and self-control, it can do great damage. —Mart De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)

Angry words take just one moment
And bring forth a flood of tears,
But the wounds they have created
Linger on for months and years. –Stairs

When a person’s temper gets the best of him, it reveals the worst of him.

Multi Media

The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 19

“Proverbs 19:2 says ” (ORIGINAL) zandritah

A Better Way to Live Proverbs 19:5

Proverbs 19:11 take revenge!

World Prayr Presents Proverbs 19:17 (10 minutes)

Proverbs 19:20 – Bible Memory Verse Song For Children

Proverbs 19:27 Cease


STUDIES ON PROVERBS Exposition: Proverbs

Bible commentaries: Here are a few I personally use: John Darby’s SynopsisMatthew Henry’s Concise Commentary;John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

Bible Explained: An interactive commentary on the whole Bible.

My Reflections

Wise or Foolish

Personal pop out verses:

3The foolishness of man subverts his way [ruins his affairs]; then his heart is resentful and frets against the Lord. (NIV A person’s own folly leads to their ruin,
yet their heart rages against the LORD.)

13A self-confident and foolish son is the [multiplied] calamity of his father, and the contentions of a wife are like a continual dripping [of water through a chink in the roof].

18Discipline your son while there is hope, but do not [indulge your angry resentments by undue chastisements and] set yourself to his ruin.

19A man of great wrath shall suffer the penalty; for if you deliver him [from the consequences], he will [feel free to] cause you to do it again.

V3 – What struck me as a thought when I read this is how many times we blame the enemy (satan) for things that happen to us, but rarely look at ourselves. This clearly says the foolishness of the man – not an attack from the enemy – can bring consequences. I think it makes us feel better to blame somebody else for bad things. The blame game all started in the Garden of Eden. If we really want our lives to change, we need to start by changing ourselves. Even if it is the enemy, he can only attack where we are weak. Think about it in military terms. No smart commander attacks the strongest part of an army, they attack the weakest. And no smart commander who is attacked sits down and cries or complains about the enemy attacking them there, they begin changing something. They start figuring out why the army is weak there and begin to fortify it. That’s exactly what we have to do. Discover our weaknesses, our foolishness, stupidity. I love the Message translation of this:

People ruin their lives by their own stupidity, so why does God always get blamed?

V13 – I tried to pick versus that do or can apply to me and dig into them a bit more – see what they are telling me. Since I am female, this is one of those. I’m looking at the wife part of this.

Contentions – midyân – A variation for H4066: – brawling, contention (-ous).  [Contention – Heated disagreement; The act or an instance of striving in controversy or debate]

I could see where that would be true whether it is a man or a woman being that way. O.o I think women tend to fall into it more then men because we are more verbal, especially when we are unhappy. I’ve  been this kind of wife, although I didn’t start out that way. It is very difficult when you see someone you love going down a wrong path to just sit, pray, and be quiet. It is also very difficult to watch as other’s are hurt by decisions made by a husband/wife. We can only be responsible for ourselves however, so changing something in ourselves, how we say something, or when we say it may help the matter. As a sort of side note, I think that John Hagee brought up a good point in regards to nagging wife.  Addressing husbands he says, if your wife has to nag, then you are doing something wrong. I think like everything else, we always have to look at ourselves. So if a woman is contentious, she needs to look at herself and try to figure out why. And if a husband has a contentious wife, he needs to look at himself and figure out why. I guess, sometimes, it might be something outside – like work, or friends, etc., but those things don’t tend to make one contentious in a continual way and if it does, we’ll figure that out when we look at ourselves anyway.

V18 – Popped out for the same reason as V13, because I’m a parent. My parenting style changed dramatically after reading the book, The Strong Family by Charles Swindoll. Mr. Swindoll points out how God is as a father and what instructions are given to parents in the Bible. It’s all about training, not forcing. Look at the word:

Discipline – yâsar – A primitive root; to chastise, literally (with blows) or figuratively (with words); hence to instruct.

The problem is when people read this and think they have free range of how to discipline. But with further study in the Bible as a whole, it clearly lays out guidelines. It isn’t as much about the mechanics of how, but the why and about what is going on inside of us as parents. Here is some of the commentary on this verse:

John Gill – “though parents should be careful to give due correction to their children, so long as there is hope of doing them good, yet not in a brutal and barbarous manner, to the endangering of their lives: as some parents are too indolent, mild, and gentle, as Eli was; others are too wrathful and furious and use no moderation in their corrections, but unmercifully beat their children; such extremes ought to be avoided.”

Albert Barnes – “Do not set thy soul on his destruction; words which either counsel forbearance in the act of chastisement (compare Eph_6:4; Col_3:21);”

But, there is also another part here, it says, “while there is hope.” Commentators seem to agree on what this means:

John Gill – “while in a state of infancy, childhood, and youth; while under parental government;”

Albert Barnes – “While he is still young, and capable of being reformed.”

John Wesley – “Before custom in sin, and thy indulgence have made him incorrigible.”

I find it interesting that the Jewish custom (the one that Jesus grew up under) is that adulthood is reached at age 13. Even more so that the Christian Church of the Middle Ages considered the age of accountability, when a person could be tried and even executed as an adult, to be age 7. So we need to start early, not later, while there is still hope. In America, where I am from, adult hood is reached at age 18. I think the thing here is, there is a responsibility of a parent to discipline in appropriate ways and at an appropriate age. At a certain age, we need to stop punishment and start guiding and continue with instruction, sharing wisdom, but ultimately allowing consequences to take their course. From my observation of those around me and their parenting style, it never seems to go very well when we start trying to force a child over the age of 16 to do something – it just never works. We have to instruct and guide and help them make good decisions, we won’t be around forever to force them to do the right thing. Train them in what is right early, and then they will know – it’s their choice whether they do it.

V19 – And so, if we don’t train them early this verse could come into play now couldn’t it. lol When I read this, what came to my mind, was how often we bail people out. Especially the church. I’m not talking about helping the needy, the widows, the poor, the children, etc. This says a man of great wrath. Let’s look at the words.

Great – gâdôl  gâdôl – large (in magnitude and extent); in number; in intensity; loud (in sound); older (in age); in importance

Wrath – chêmâh  chêmâ’ – From H3179; heat; figuratively anger, poison (from its fever): – anger, bottles, hot displeasure, furious (-ly, -ry), heat, indignation, poison, rage, wrath (-ful) [H3179 – A primitive root; Probably to be hot; figuratively to conceive: – get heat, be hot, conceive, be warm.]

So basically this seems to be talking about a person who a bit over board with his anger. It could be in how angry he gets, how often he gets angry, how loud he is in his anger, or how long he’s had the problem with anger. I’ve seen it over and over again in society and in churches. So far in the Proverbs, anger is treated very seriously, and yet, as a whole in society and in churches, we don’t treat it that way. It seems to be about keeping things quiet, not causing a lot of disruption or commotion. And in doing that, we basically “deliver him [from the consequences], he will [feel free to] cause you to do it again.” They feel no problem with doing it again and again. It’s like fighting little fires here and there instead of grabbing the person starting them and dealing with them. Anger is a serious offence. Again, I like the message version of this verse,

“Let angry people endure the backlash of their own anger; if you try to make it better, you’ll only make it worse.”

As long as we hide these people, they will continue to be those people. Their small fires will eventually get out of control and destroy something or someone. It happens on a day to day basis in many homes and there is nowhere to go for help. If you reach out for help, then you reap more anger at home and get very little support. If you tell too many people, then you become a gossip or are looked at in a negative way because you are causing drama. It’s a sad issue really. Seen it play out over and over again in many lives around me. We’ve all seen it play out in shootings and tragedies. Could they have been prevented if someone hadn’t tried to make it better and help the person avoid consequences of their actions?

Really, the church has the answer – it isn’t about Anger Management – it’s about Anger Deliverance. God can bring peace to the heart if He is allowed. A Pastor told me once, we don’t need anger management to learn to control the anger we have, we need deliverance from the anger, and then the anger management classes to learn to control the habits formed from having the anger. Oh, so true, so very true. Don’t learn how to walk around with a time bomb strapped to you, disarm it and get rid of it. Then you can walk in freedom.

Yes, you can tell, I’m passionate about this anger issue as it has greatly affected my life. And when you live with some who is an angry person day in and day out, it can change who you are. BUT GOD – yes there is a but – BUT GOD can change all that. No matter who you are, God can change it. AMEN!


Father, thank you for your healing ways. Thank you that You can come in and calm the heart, bring peace, comfort, joy, and forgiveness where there was once hurt, strife, turmoil, fear, resentment, and sadness. Only You can do that Lord. No one else can bring that to someone’s life but you. Father, I pray for those who do things and live in ways that are destructive to themselves. Father, I pray that they will open up their eyes and begin to look inside of themselves instead of focusing so much on the enemy. Allow them to see their weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Allow them to see it isn’t about what the other person, the enemy, the government or whomever it is they are blaming, has done, but what they are doing that is bringing ruin and struggles to their life. Father, each of us to become people of encouragement, uplifting, and admonishment instead of people of contention, argument and strife. Father help us to learn how to train up our children with loving discipline, knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. Father, help us to learn Your ways and walk in them. Lord, help those who are full of anger to experience their true emotions of hurt, frustration, disappointment or fear instead of the feeling of anger. Let them recognize the root of the anger and put out that fire so they don’t start others and bring more destruction. Help those in authority learn how to deal with angry people, how to help them be set free by Your Spirit, not learning to managing it. Help them to bring spiritual re-newness, become a new person in you, a free person. Help those who have been hurt by those angry people to find peace and joy in Your Spirit. Grace and Peace – only come from You Lord – Grace and Peace to Your children and Your children’s children. Amen.

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