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Proverbs 19:22

    Proverbs 19:22 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    That which maketh a man to be desired is his kindness; And a poor man is better than a liar.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

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

    Webster's Revision

    That which maketh a man to be desired is his kindness; And a poor man is better than a liar.

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The desire of a man is the measure of his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 19:22

    The "liar" is probably the man, who makes false excuses for not giving, and so is inferior to the poor man, whose "desire," the wish to do good, is taken, in the absence of means to carry it into effect, for the act of kindness itself.

    Wesley's Notes on 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.