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
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
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
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
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
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
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