22:1 A [good] name [is] rather to be chosen than great riches, [and] a loving favour rather than silver and gold.
(a) Which comes by well doing.
22:2 The rich and poor b
meet together: the LORD [is] the maker of them all.
(b) Live together, and have need the one of the
22:3 A prudent [man] c
foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are
(c) That is, the punishment, which is prepared
for the wicked and flees to God for help.
up a child d in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
(d) Bring him up virtuously and he will continue
22:8 He that soweth iniquity
shall reap vanity: and the e rod of his
anger shall fail.
(e) His authority by which he oppressed others,
will be taken from him.
22:9 He that hath a bountiful f
eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
(f) He that is merciful and liberal.
22:11 He that loveth pureness
of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the g
king [shall be] his friend.
(g) He shows that princes should use their
familiarity, whose conscience is good, and their talk wise and godly.
22:12 The eyes of the LORD preserve h
knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
(h) Favour them that love knowledge.
22:13 The slothful [man] saith, i
[There is] a lion outside, I shall be slain in the streets.
(i) He derides them that invent vain excuses,
because they would not do their duty.
22:14 The mouth of strange women [is] a deep pit:
he that is abhorred by the LORD k shall
fall in it.
(k) So God punishes one sin by another, when he
suffers the wicked to fall into the acquaintance of a harlot.
22:15 Foolishness [is] bound l
in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from
(l) He is naturally given to it.
That thy trust may be in m the LORD, I
have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
(m) He shows what the end of wisdom is: that is,
to direct us to the Lord.
22:20 Have not I written to thee n
excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
(n) That is, various times.
Make o no friendship with an angry man;
and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
(o) Have nothing to do with him that is not able
to rule his affections: for he would hurt you by his evil conversation.
22:26 Be not thou [one] of
them that p strike hands, [or] of them
that are sureties for debts.
(p) Who rashly put themselves in danger for
others, as in (Proverbs