Proverbs 22-23 Darby’s Translation

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22 1  A [good] name is rather to be chosen than great riches; loving favour rather than silver and gold.

2  The rich and poor meet together; Jehovah is the maker of them all.

3  A prudent [man] seeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

4  The reward of humility [and] the fear of Jehovah is riches, and honour, and life.

5  Thorns [and] snares are in the way of the perverse: he that keepeth his soul holdeth himself far from them.

6  Train up the child according to the tenor of his way, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

7  The rich ruleth over the poor; and the borrower is servant to the lender.

8  He that soweth unrighteousness shall reap iniquity, and the rod of his wrath shall have an end.

9  He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

10  Cast out the scorner, and contention will depart, and strife and ignominy shall cease.

11  He that loveth pureness of heart, upon whose lips is grace, the king is his friend.

12  The eyes of Jehovah preserve knowledge; but he overthroweth the words of the unfaithful.

13  The sluggard saith, There is a lion without, I shall be killed in the streets!

14  The mouth of strange women is a deep ditch: he with whom Jehovah is displeased shall fall therein.

15  Folly is bound in the heart of a child; the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

16  He that oppresseth the poor, it is to enrich him; he that giveth to the rich, [bringeth] only to want.

Precepts and Warnings

17  Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thy heart unto my knowledge. 18  For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee: they shall be together fitted on thy lips. 19  That thy confidence may be in Jehovah, I have made [them] known to thee this day, even to thee. 20  Have not I written to thee excellent things, in counsels and knowledge, 21  that I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest carry back words of truth to them that send thee?

22  Rob not the poor, because he is poor, neither oppress the afflicted in the gate; 23  for Jehovah will plead their cause, and despoil the soul of those that despoil them.

24  Make no friendship with an angry man, and go not with a furious man; 25  lest thou learn his paths, and get a snare to thy soul.

26  Be not of them that strike hands, of them that are sureties for debts: 27  if thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

28  Remove not the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set.

29  Hast thou seen a man diligent in his work? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before the mean.

23 1  When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider well who is before thee; 2  and put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. 3  Be not desirous of his dainties; for they are deceitful food.

4  Weary not thyself to become rich; cease from thine own intelligence: 5  wilt thou set thine eyes upon it, it is gone; for indeed it maketh itself wings and it flieth away as an eagle towards the heavens.

6  Eat thou not the food of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainties. 7  For as he thinketh in his soul, so is he. Eat and drink! will he say unto thee; but his heart is not with thee. 8  Thy morsel which thou hast eaten must thou vomit up, and thou wilt have wasted thy sweet words.

9  Speak not in the ears of a foolish [man], for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

10  Remove not the ancient landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: 11  for their redeemer is mighty; he will plead their cause against thee.

12  Apply thy heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge. 13  Withhold not correction from the child; for [if] thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die: 14  thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from Sheol. 15  My son, if thy heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine; 16  and my reins shall exult, when thy lips speak right things.

17  Let not thy heart envy sinners, but [be thou] in the fear of Jehovah all the day; 18  for surely there is a result, and thine expectation shall not be cut off.

19  Thou, my son, hear and be wise, and direct thy heart in the way. 20  Be not among winebibbers, among riotous eaters of flesh. 21  For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; and drowsiness clotheth with rags. 22  Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. 23  Buy the truth, and sell it not; wisdom, and instruction, and intelligence. 24  The father of a righteous [man] shall greatly rejoice, and he that begetteth a wise [son] shall have joy of him: 25  let thy father and thy mother have joy, and let her that bore thee rejoice. 26  My son, give me thy heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. 27  For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. 28  She also lieth in wait as a robber, and increaseth the treacherous among men.

29  Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who contentions? Who complaining? Who wounds without cause? Who redness of eyes? 30  —They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to try mixed wine. 31  Look not upon the wine when it is red, when it sparkleth in the cup, and goeth down smoothly: 32  at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 33  Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thy heart shall speak froward things; 34  and thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, and as he that lieth down upon the top of a mast: 35  —''They have smitten me, [and] I am not sore; they have beaten me, [and] I knew it not. When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.''

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