Proverbs 22-23 New Revised 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 have this in common: the Lord is the maker of them all.

3  The clever see danger and hide; 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.

5  Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; the cautious will keep far from them.

6  Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.

7  The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

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

9  Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor.

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

11  Those who love a pure heart and are gracious in speech will have the king as a friend.

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

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

14  The mouth of a loose woman is a deep pit; he with whom the Lord is angry falls into it.

15  Folly is bound up in the heart of a boy, but the rod of discipline drives it far away.

16  Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss.

Precepts and Warnings

17  The words of the wise: Incline your ear and hear my words, and apply your mind to my teaching; 18  for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. 19  So that your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today-yes, to you. 20  Have I not written for you thirty sayings of admonition and knowledge, 21  to show you what is right and true, so that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?

22  Do not rob the poor because they are poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate; 23  for the Lord pleads their cause and despoils of life those who despoil them.

24  Make no friends with those given to anger, and do not associate with hotheads, 25  or you may learn their ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

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

28  Do not remove the ancient landmark that your ancestors set up.

29  Do you see those who are skillful in their work? They will serve kings; they will not serve common people.

23 1  When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully what is before you, 2  and put a knife to your throat if you have a big appetite. 3  Do not desire the ruler's delicacies, for they are deceptive food.

4  Do not wear yourself out to get rich; be wise enough to desist 5  When your eyes light upon it, it is gone; for suddenly it takes wings to itself, flying like an eagle toward heaven.

6  Do not eat the bread of the stingy; do not desire their delicacies; 7  for like a hair in the throat, so are they. "Eat and drink!" they say to you; but they do not mean it. 8  You will vomit up the little you have eaten, and you will waste your pleasant words.

9  Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, who will only despise the wisdom of your words.

10  Do not remove an ancient landmark or encroach on the fields of orphans, 11  for their redeemer is strong; he will plead their cause against you.

12  Apply your mind to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. 13  Do not withhold discipline from your children; if you beat them with a rod, they will not die. 14  If you beat them with the rod, you will save their lives from Sheol 15  My child, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad. 16  My soul will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

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

19  Hear, my child, and be wise, and direct your mind in the way 20  Do not be among winebibbers, or among gluttonous eaters of meat; 21  for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe them with rags 22  Listen to your father who begot you, 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 begets a wise son will be glad in him. 25  Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice. 26  My child, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways. 27  For a prostitute is a deep pit; an adulteress is a narrow well. 28  She lies in wait like a robber and increases the number of the faithless.

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 linger late over wine, those who keep trying mixed wines. 31  Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. 32  At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder. 33  Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind 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. 35  "They struck me," you will say, "but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I will seek another drink."

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