Proverbs 22-23 World English Bible

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22 1  A good name is more desirable than great riches,
and loving favor is better than silver and gold.

2  The rich and the poor have this in common:
Yahweh is the maker of them all.

3  A prudent man sees danger, and hides himself;
but the simple pass on, and suffer for it.

4  The result of humility and the fear of Yahweh
is wealth, honor, and life.

5  Thorns and snares are in the path of the wicked:
whoever guards his soul stays from them.

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

7  The rich rule over the poor.
The borrower is servant to the lender.

8  He who sows wickedness reaps trouble,
and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.

9  He who has a generous eye will be blessed;
for he shares his food with the poor.

10  Drive out the mocker, and strife will go out;
yes, quarrels and insults will stop.

11  He who loves purity of heart and speaks gracefully
is the king’s friend.

12  The eyes of Yahweh watch over knowledge;
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.

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 under Yahweh’s wrath will fall into it.

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

16  Whoever oppresses the poor for his own increase and whoever gives to the rich,
both come to poverty.

Precepts and Warnings

17  Turn your ear, and listen to the words of the wise.
Apply your heart to my teaching. 18  For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you,
if all of them are ready on your lips. 19  That your trust may be in Yahweh,
I teach you today, even you. 20  Haven’t I written to you thirty excellent things
of counsel and knowledge, 21  To teach you truth, reliable words,
to give sound answers to the ones who sent you?

22  Don’t exploit the poor, because he is poor;
and don’t crush the needy in court; 23  for Yahweh will plead their case,
and plunder the life of those who plunder them.

24  Don’t befriend a hot-tempered man,
and don’t associate with one who harbors anger: 25  lest you learn his ways,
and ensnare your soul.

26  Don’t you be one of those who strike hands,
of those who are collateral for debts. 27  If you don’t have means to pay,
why should he take away your bed from under you?

28  Don’t move the ancient boundary stone,
which your fathers have set up.

29  Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will serve kings.
He won’t serve obscure men.

23 1  When you sit to eat with a ruler,
consider diligently what is before you; 2  put a knife to your throat,
if you are a man given to appetite. 3  Don’t be desirous of his dainties,
seeing they are deceitful food.

4  Don’t weary yourself to be rich.
In your wisdom, show restraint. 5  Why do you set your eyes on that which is not?
For it certainly sprouts wings like an eagle and flies in the sky.

6  Don’t eat the food of him who has a stingy eye,
and don’t crave his delicacies: 7  for as he thinks about the cost, so he is.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you. 8  The morsel which you have eaten you shall vomit up,
and lose your good words.

9  Don’t speak in the ears of a fool,
for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

10  Don’t move the ancient boundary stone.
Don’t encroach on the fields of the fatherless: 11  for their Defender is strong.
He will plead their case against you.

12  Apply your heart to instruction,
and your ears to the words of knowledge. 13  Don’t withhold correction from a child.
If you punish him with the rod, he will not die. 14  Punish him with the rod,
and save his soul from Sheol. 15  My son, if your heart is wise,
then my heart will be glad, even mine: 16  yes, my heart will rejoice,
when your lips speak what is right.

17  Don’t let your heart envy sinners;
but rather fear Yahweh all the day long. 18  Indeed surely there is a future hope,
and your hope will not be cut off.

19  Listen, my son, and be wise,
and keep your heart on the right path! 20  Don’t be among ones drinking too much wine,
or those who gorge themselves on meat: 21  for the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor;
and drowsiness clothes them in rags. 22  Listen to your father who gave you life,
and don’t despise your mother when she is old. 23  Buy the truth, and don’t sell it.
Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding. 24  The father of the righteous has great joy.
Whoever fathers a wise child delights in him. 25  Let your father and your mother be glad!
Let her who bore you rejoice! 26  My son, give me your heart;
and let your eyes keep in my ways. 27  For a prostitute is a deep pit;
and a wayward wife is a narrow well. 28  Yes, she lies in wait like a robber,
and increases the unfaithful among men.

29  Who has woe?
Who has sorrow?
Who has strife?
Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises?
Who has bloodshot eyes? 30  Those who stay long at the wine;
those who go to seek out mixed wine. 31  Don’t look at the wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly. 32  In the end, it bites like a snake,
and poisons like a viper. 33  Your eyes will see strange things,
and your mind will imagine confusing things. 34  Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea,
or as he who lies on top of the rigging: 35  “They hit me, and I was not hurt!
They beat me, and I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up? I can do it again.
I can find another.”

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