Proverbs 22-23 English Standard Version

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22 1  A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

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

3  The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

4  The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.[1]

5  Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep 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 is the slave of the lender.

8  Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.

9  Whoever has a bountiful[2] eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

10  Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.

11  He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.

12  The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the traitor.

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

14  The mouth of forbidden[3] women is a deep pit; he with whom the Lord is angry will fall into it.

15  Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

16  Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or 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 heart to my knowledge, 18  for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. 19  That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you. 20  Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge, 21  to make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those 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 cause and rob of life those who rob them.

24  Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, 25  lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

26  Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts. 27  If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you?

28  Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set.

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

23 1  When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully what[4] is before you, 2  and put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite. 3  Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.

4  Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. 5  When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.

6  Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy;[5] do not desire his delicacies, 7  for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.[6] "Eat and drink!" he says to you, but his heart is not with you. 8  You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten, and waste your pleasant words.

9  Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.

10  Do not move an ancient landmark or enter the fields of the fatherless, 11  for their Redeemer is strong; he will plead their cause against you.

12  Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. 13  Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. 14  If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol. 15  My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad. 16  My inmost being[7] will exult when your lips speak what is right.

17  Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. 18  Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

19  Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way. 20  Be not among drunkards[8] or among gluttonous eaters of meat, 21  for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags 22  Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. 23  Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. 24  The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. 25  Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice. 26  My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe[9] my ways. 27  For a prostitute is a deep pit; an adulteress[10] is a narrow well. 28  She lies in wait like a robber and increases the traitors among mankind.

29  Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? 30  Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. 31  Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. 32  In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. 33  Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things. 34  You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast.[11] 35  "They struck me," you will say,[12]"but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I must have another drink."

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[1] 22:4 Or The reward for humility is the fear of the Lord, riches and honor and life

[2] 22:9 Hebrew good

[3] 22:14 Hebrew strange

[4] 23:1 Or who

[5] 23:6 Hebrew whose eye is evil

[6] 23:7 Or for as he calculates in his soul, so is he

[7] 23:16 Hebrew My kidneys

[8] 23:20 Hebrew those who drink too much wine

[9] 23:26 Or delight in

[10] 23:27 Hebrew a foreign woman

[11] 23:34 Or of the rigging

[12] 23:35 Hebrew lacks you will say

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