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

  • Carolyn
    When we do wrong not only to ourselves but others we will not find peace within ourselves. This chapter talks about obeying the laws of God and man's law.
  • BSP
    Verse 20: We should listen to counsel in order to learn and grow. We are all imperfect and will need counsel from time to time.
  • Mr. Smith
    vs 10, Here again we see the danger of the sense ruled man (servant) having dominion over the spirit ruled man (prince). Solomon calls it "evil" in Eccl. 10:5, 7 "There is an evil which I have seen...I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth." Once we tap into the God-given creative higher power of our imagination, we'll rule over our senses as gods.
  • Brianna for verse 11
    People in today's world are so angry. This leads to violence. Vs. 11 teaches us to pass over transgression. LET IT GO! Not everything is worth getting upset over. By applying this counsel we will also be able to apply the counsel found at Romans 12:18.
  • Tony
    Verse 11 teaches us that we need to remain calm if we are offended and not acting on our first emotion
  • Mike
    Verse 11 reminds us that we should remain calm if we are offended. By applying the Bible’s wise counsel and praying for God’s help, we can remain calm when a situation arise.

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