Proverbs 22
Thirty Sayings of the Wise
The Worth of Wisdom and the Paths of Integrity

Proverbs 22 offers timeless wisdom about the value of integrity, the importance of discipline, and the blessings of righteousness. It serves as a reminder that our actions and choices not only affect us but also influence those around us. As we navigate through life, let's remember the words from verse 6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

Verses 1-9: The Value of Integrity and Kindness

These verses emphasize the worth of a good name and humility over wealth, the perils of borrowing and laziness, and the blessings that come with generosity. They encourage the reader to be kind to the poor, for in doing so, one lends to the Lord, who will repay in abundance.

Verses 10-16: Guidance and Discipline

These verses provide wisdom on the importance of disciplining and guiding children in the right path. It warns against associating with a hot-tempered person and encourages fairness and justice. It also discusses the consequences of oppressing the poor and giving to the rich, neither of which leads to satisfaction.

Verses 17-29: Paying Attention to Wisdom

These verses urge the reader to listen, apply wisdom, and follow the words of the wise and the righteous. They advise against robbing the poor and mocking the needy. They end with a warning against moving an ancient boundary stone set up by one's ancestors, a metaphor for disregarding the wisdom and guidance of the past.

Proverbs 22 is a collection of wisdom-filled sayings and teachings that provide guidance on a variety of aspects of life. It explores the enduring value of a good name, the importance of integrity, and the consequences of wisdom and folly. In its wisdom literature style, it gives meaningful insights on wealth, poverty, and the value of righteous living.

Wisdom and Understanding
Wealth and Poverty
Righteousness and Wickedness
Discipline and Guidance
Integrity and Honesty
The Value of a Good Name
The Folly of Laziness and Debt
Guidance for Children
The Consequences of Wickedness and Righteousness
Fairness and Justice
The Wise
The Foolish
The Rich
The Poor
The Righteous
The Wicked
This chapter does not specify any geographical locations. The Proverbs are general wisdom literature applicable to all societies and cultures.
Bible Study Questions

1. How can you apply the principle of valuing a good name over wealth in today's materialistic society?

2. In what ways can you demonstrate generosity to the poor as suggested in verse 9?

3. What might it look like to "train up a child in the way he should go" in modern society?

4. How can you avoid the pitfalls of debt and laziness in your personal life?

5. In your opinion, why does the Bible advise against mingling with a hot-tempered person?

6. How can the principle of fairness and justice be applied in your day-to-day interactions with others?

7. What does it mean to "apply your heart to instruction" as advised in verse 17?

8. How does the warning against moving an ancient boundary stone apply in today's context of honoring traditional wisdom and the advice of elders?

9. How do you reconcile the wisdom of giving to the poor while not giving gifts to the rich with societal norms?

10. What are some practical ways to ensure you're not robbing the poor or mocking the needy?

11. How can you practically apply the teachings of this chapter in your workplace?

12. How does the advice against oppressing the poor or giving gifts to the rich apply to current issues of social justice?

13. What does verse 2, which states that the rich and poor have this in common - the Lord is Maker of them all, say about human equality and how can this be applied in the modern world?

14. How might the teaching of verse 4 on humility and fear of the Lord shape your personal or professional life?

15. How can you cultivate the humility spoken of in verse 4 in your daily life?

16. What practical steps can you take to apply the wisdom of verse 24 about not making friends with a hot-tempered person?

17. How does the chapter's emphasis on wisdom and understanding resonate with your personal experiences?

18. How can you implement the chapter's teachings on discipline and guidance in your interactions with young people?

19. In what ways do the concepts of integrity and honesty manifest in your life?

20. How can the teachings in Proverbs 22 inspire you to live a more righteous and fulfilling life?

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