Proverbs 22
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A Good Name

1A good name is better than many riches. And good esteem is above silver and gold.

2The rich and poor have met one another. The Lord is the maker of them both.

3The clever saw evil and hid himself. The innocent continued on and was afflicted with damage.

4The end of moderation is the fear of the Lord, riches and glory and life.

5Weapons and swords are on the way of the perverse. But he who guards his own soul withdraws far from them.

6The proverb is: A youth is close to his way; even when he is old, he will not withdraw from it.

7The rich rule over the poor. And the borrower is servant to the lender.

8Whoever sows iniquity will reap evils, and by the rod of his own wrath he will be consumed.

9Whoever is inclined to mercy shall be blessed, for from his bread he has given to the poor. Whoever gives gifts will acquire victory and honor. But he carries away the soul of the receiver.

10Cast out the one who ridicules, and conflict will go out with him, and accusations and insults will cease.

11Whoever loves cleanness of heart, because of the grace of his lips, will have the king as his friend.

12The eyes of the Lord watch over knowledge. And the words of the iniquitous are supplanted.

13The lazy one says: “There is a lion outside. I might be slain in the midst of the streets.”

14The mouth of a foreign woman is a deep pit; the Lord was angry with him who will fall into it.

15Foolishness has been bound to the heart of a child, and a rod of discipline shall cause it to flee.

16Whoever slanders the poor, so as to augment his own riches, will give it away to one who is richer, and will be in need.

Thirty Sayings of the Wise

17Incline your ear, and listen to the words of the wise. Then apply your heart to my doctrine.

18It shall be beautiful to you, if you preserve it in your inner self, and it shall overflow from your lips,

19so that your confidence may be in the Lord. Therefore, I also have revealed it to you this day.

20Behold, I have written it for you in three ways, and with meditations and knowledge,

21so that I might reveal to you, firmly and with words of truth, in order to respond about these things to those who sent you.

Saying 2

22Do not act with violence toward the pauper because he is poor. And do not weary the needy at the gate.

23For the Lord will judge his case, and he will pierce those who have pierced his soul.

Saying 3

24Do not be willing to be a friend to an angry man, and do not walk with a furious man,

25lest perhaps you learn his ways, and take up a stumbling block to your soul.

Saying 4

26Do not be willing to be with those who certify with their hands, and who offer themselves as a guarantee against debts.

27For if you do not have the means to restore, what reason should there be for him to take the covering from your bed?

Saying 5

28Do not cross beyond the ancient limits that your fathers have set.

Saying 6

29Have you seen a man swift in his work? He shall stand in the sight of kings, and not before those who are disreputable.

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