Proverbs 22

22:1 A good name1 is to be chosen2 rather than great wealth,

good favor3 more than silver or gold.

22:2 The rich and the poor meet together;4

the Lord is the creator of them both.5

22:3 A shrewd person6 sees danger7 and hides himself,

but the naive keep right on going8 and suffer for it.9

22:4 The reward10 for humility11 and fearing the Lord12

is riches and honor and life.

22:5 Thorns and snares13 are in the path of the perverse,

but the one who guards himself keeps far from them.

22:6 Train14 a child15 in the way that he should go,16

and when he is old he will not turn from it.17

22:7 The rich rule over18 the poor,

and the borrower is servant19 to the lender.

22:8 The one who sows20 iniquity will reap trouble,

and the rod of his fury21 will end.

22:9 A generous person22 will be blessed,23

for he gives some of his food24 to the poor.

22:10 Drive out the scorner25 and contention will leave;

strife and insults will cease.26

22:11 The one who loves a pure heart27

and whose speech is gracious28 – the king will be his friend.29

22:12 The eyes of the Lord30 guard knowledge,31

but he overthrows the words of the faithless person.32

22:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion33 outside!

I will be killed in the middle of the streets!”34

22:14 The mouth35 of an adulteress is like36 a deep pit;37

the one against whom the Lord is angry38 will fall into it.39

22:15 Folly is bound up40 in the heart of a child,41

but the rod of discipline42 will drive it far from him.

22:16 The one who oppresses the poor to increase his own gain

and the one who gives to the rich43 – both end up only in poverty.

The Sayings of the Wise44

22:17 Incline your ear45 and listen to the words of the wise,

and apply your heart to my instruction.46

22:18 For it is pleasing if47 you keep these sayings48 within you,

and49 they are ready on your lips.50

22:19 So that51 your confidence may be in the Lord,

I am making them known to you today52 – even you.

22:20 Have I not written thirty sayings53 for you,

sayings54 of counsel and knowledge,

22:21 to show you true and reliable words,55

so that you may give accurate answers56 to those who sent you?

22:22 Do not exploit57 a poor person because he is poor

and do not crush the needy in court,58

22:23 for the Lord will plead their case59

and will rob those who are robbing60 them.

22:24 Do not make friends with an angry person,61

and do not associate with a wrathful person,

22:25 lest you learn62 his ways

and entangle yourself in a snare.63

22:26 Do not be one who strikes hands in pledge

or who puts up security for debts.

22:27 If you do not have enough to pay,

your bed64 will be taken65 right out from under you!66

22:28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone67

which was put in place by your ancestors.68

22:29 Do you see a person skilled69 in his work?

He will take his position before kings;

he will not take his position70 before obscure people.71

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