Bible: Proverbs 22

22:1 A good name 1  is to be chosen 2  rather than great wealth,

good favor 3  more than silver or gold.

22:2 The rich and the poor meet together; 4 

the Lord is the creator of them both. 5 

22:3 A shrewd person 6  sees danger 7  and hides himself,

but the naive keep right on going 8  and suffer for it. 9 

22:4 The reward 10  for humility 11  and fearing the Lord 12 

is riches and honor and life.

22:5 Thorns and snares 13  are in the path of the perverse,

but the one who guards himself keeps far from them.

22:6 Train 14  a child 15  in the way that he should go, 16 

and when he is old he will not turn from it. 17 

22:7 The rich rule over 18  the poor,

and the borrower is servant 19  to the lender.

22:8 The one who sows 20  iniquity will reap trouble,

and the rod of his fury 21  will end.

22:9 A generous person 22  will be blessed, 23 

for he gives some of his food 24  to the poor.

22:10 Drive out the scorner 25  and contention will leave;

strife and insults will cease. 26 

22:11 The one who loves a pure heart 27 

and whose speech is gracious 28 the king will be his friend. 29 

22:12 The eyes of the Lord 30  guard knowledge, 31 

but he overthrows the words of the faithless person. 32 

22:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion 33  outside!

I will be killed in the middle of the streets! 34 

22:14 The mouth 35  of an adulteress is like 36  a deep pit; 37 

the one against whom the Lord is angry 38  will fall into it. 39 

22:15 Folly is bound up 40  in the heart of a child, 41 

but the rod of discipline 42  will drive it far from him.

22:16 The one who oppresses the poor to increase his own gain

and the one who gives to the rich 43 both end up only in poverty.

The Sayings of the Wise 44 

22:17 Incline your ear 45  and listen to the words of the wise,

and apply your heart to my instruction. 46 

22:18 For it is pleasing if 47  you keep these sayings 48  within you,

and 49  they are ready on your lips. 50 

22:19 So that 51  your confidence may be in the Lord,

I am making them known to you today 52 even you.

22:20 Have I not written thirty sayings 53  for you,

sayings 54  of counsel and knowledge,

22:21 to show you true and reliable words, 55 

so that you may give accurate answers 56  to those who sent you?

22:22 Do not exploit 57  a poor person because he is poor

and do not crush the needy in court, 58 

22:23 for the Lord will plead their case 59 

and will rob those who are robbing 60  them.

22:24 Do not make friends with an angry person, 61 

and do not associate with a wrathful person,

22:25 lest you learn 62  his ways

and entangle yourself in a snare. 63 

22:26 Do not be one who strikes hands in pledge

or who puts up security for debts.

22:27 If you do not have enough to pay,

your bed 64  will be taken 65  right out from under you! 66 

22:28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone 67 

which was put in place by your ancestors. 68 

22:29 Do you see a person skilled 69  in his work?

He will take his position before kings;

he will not take his position 70  before obscure people. 71 

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