Proverbs 22 New American Standard Bible

22 1  A good name is to be more desired than great wealth , Favor is better than silver and gold .

2  The rich and the poor have a common bond , The Lord is the maker of them all .

3  The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.

4  The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches , honor and life .

5  Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse ; He who guards himself will be far from them.

6  Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

7  The rich rules over the poor , And the borrower becomes the lender's slave .

8  He who sows iniquity will reap vanity , And the rod of his fury will perish .

9  He who is generous e will be blessed , For he gives some of his food to the poor .

10  Drive out the scoffer , and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease .

11  He who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious , the king is his friend .

12  The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge , But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.

13  The sluggard says , "There is a lion outside ; I will be killed in the streets !"

14  The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit ; He who is cursed of the Lord will fall into it.

15  Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child ; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

16  He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich , will only come to poverty .

Precepts and Warnings

17  Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise , And apply your mind to my knowledge ; 18  For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, That they may be ready on your lips . 19  So that your trust may be in the Lord , I have taught you today , even you. 20  Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge , 21  To make you know the certainty of the words of truth That you may correctly answer him who sent you?

22  Do not rob the poor because he is poor , Or crush the afflicted at the gate ; 23  For the Lord will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.

24  Do not associate with a man given to anger ; Or go with a hot-tempered man , 25  Or you will learn his ways And find a snare for yourself .

26  Do not be among those who give e pledges e , Among those who become guarantors for debts . 27  If you have nothing with which to pay , Why should he take your bed from under you?

28  Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set .

29  Do you see a man skilled in his work ? He will stand before kings ; He will not stand before obscure men .


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