Proverbs 22 New American Standard Bible

22 1 A good name is to be more desired than great wealth , Favor is better than silver and gold .

2 The rich and the poor have a common bond , The Lord is the maker of them all .

3 The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.

4 The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches , honor and life .

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse ; He who guards himself will be 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 becomes the lender's slave .

8 He who sows iniquity will reap vanity , And the rod of his fury will perish .

9 He who is generous e will be blessed , For he gives some of his food to the poor .

10 Drive out the scoffer , and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease .

11 He who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious , the king is his friend .

12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge , But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.

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 cursed of the Lord will fall into it.

15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child ; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

16 He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who 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 mind to my knowledge ; 18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, That they may be ready on your lips . 19 So that your trust may be in the Lord , I have taught you today , even you. 20 Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge , 21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth That you may correctly answer him 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 case And take the life of those who rob them.

24 Do not associate with a man given to anger ; Or go with a hot-tempered man , 25 Or you will learn his ways And find a snare for yourself .

26 Do not be among those who give e pledges e , Among those who become guarantors for debts . 27 If you have nothing with which to pay , Why should he take your bed from under you?

28 Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set .

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

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