1Better is the poor who walks in integrity than one who has crooked lips and is a fool.
2 Living without knowledge is not good, and he who hastens his feet errs.
3The folly of a man will bring his way to ruin, and his heart rages against the LORD.
4Wealth brings many friends, but the poor is deserted by his friend.
5A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape.
6Many seek the face of the generous, and everyone is friends with the man who gives gifts.
7All the brothers of the poor hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but does not have them.
8He who gets sense loves his soul [life], and he who keeps understanding finds good.
9A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish.
10It is not fitting for a fool to be in luxury; how much less for a slave to rule over princes!
The Teacher was clearly inspired by the injustice of a lying witness in this portion, since he repeats that proverb (5 & 9). He notes that money tends to buy friends, just or not (4,6,7). It is our own folly that brings us trouble, but we have a tendency to blame God anyhow (3). Being a liar and a fool will result in justice (1). Sense and understanding tend to be synonymous with life (8). And the Teacher also makes the observation that a life lived without knowledge is synonymous with being in a hurry (2).
“Living without knowledge is not good, and he who hastens his feet errs” (Proverbs 19:2). It takes time to learn the stuff you need to live well. Don’t be in such a hurry. Has it occurred to you that God might bring good out of this evil quarantine by giving us the opportunity to slow down and live? After all, “to live” is so much more than “to survive” or “to earn” or “to accomplish.” Slow down and live today. You make a mistake by getting in a hurry.