|Proverbs 19:16-29 |
16 He who keeps [practices, obeys] the commandment [of God] keeps his own soul, but he who despises His ways shall die.
17 He who has pity upon the poor lends to the LORD, and the Lord will repay what he has given.
18 Discipline your son while there is hope, but not with anger that causes him to resent you.1
19 A man of great anger must suffer the consequences; or else, if you spare him, yet you must do it again.
20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end.
21 There are many plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's will for him that shall prevail.
22 What is desired for a man is his kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of the LORD leads to [godly] life, and he who fears Him shall live satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24 A lazy man folds his hands [for labor] to his chest, and will not even bring them to his mouth again [to feed himself].
25 Smite the disrespectful, and if he is simple, he will become aware; reprove one who has understanding, and he will increase in knowledge.
26 He who abuses his father and chases away his mother, is a son who causes shame, and brings reproach [to himself].
27 Stop listening, my son, to instruction, and you will err from the words of knowledge.
28 An ungodly witness shows contempt for justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for the disrespectful, and stripes [from a whip] for the back of fools.
1 Discipline your son while there is hope, but not with anger that causes him to resent you. Wait for your anger to cool before you discipline your son because if you show anger when disciplining him, he will focus on your failure and resent your hypocrisy, rather than remain conscious of his failure. (Note: the 2nd part of this proverb has no consistency in multiple translations, so I have taken one of the Greek translations, which said: "Chasten your son, for so he shall be hopeful; and do not be exalted in your soul to haughtiness," to really be a caution against being angry, rather than haughty in the process of discipline.