Proverbs 19:22

“The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The desire of a man is his kindnesse: and a poore man is better then a lyar.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And {it is} better to be a poor man than a liar.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

That which maketh a man to be desired is his kindness; And a poor man is better than a liar.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The ornament of a man is his mercy, and a poor man is better than one who is false.
- Basic English Bible

The charm of a man is his kindness; and a poor [man] is better than a liar.
- Darby Bible

The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
- Webster's Bible

That which makes a man to be desired is his kindness. A poor man is better than a liar.
- World English Bible

The desirableness of a man [is] his kindness, And better [is] the poor than a liar.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The lust of a man is his shame; and a poor man is better than a liar.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 19:22


19:22 The desire - The hearty desire of being kind is accepted by God, and should be owned by men as a real kindness. A poor man - Who is not able to give what he desires to do. A liar - Than a rich man who feeds the poor with fair promises, but doth not perform what he pretends.


Discussion for Proverbs 19:22

  • Harpeck for verse 22
    I like Wesley 's notes on this verse. We see a poor man who cannot give but has a desire to do so and a liar who has the means to do so but makes false promises. Both do not give but one is accepted by God and one is not. But these are the two extremes. It is best to be one who has by the blessings of God and grows those blessings in their lives by giving to or blessing others.

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