Proverbs 22
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1A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.1A good reputation is more desirable than great wealth, and favorable acceptance more than silver and gold.
2The rich and the poor have this in common, The LORD is the maker of them all.2The rich and the poor have this in common— the LORD created both of them.
3A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.3The prudent person sees trouble ahead and hides, but the naive continue on and suffer the consequences.
4By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life.4The reward of humility is the fear of the LORD, along with wealth, honor, and life.
5Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them.5Thorns and snares lie in the path of the perverse person, but whoever is cautious stays far away from them.
6Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.6Train a child in the way appropriate for him, and when he becomes older, he will not turn from it.
7The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.7The wealthy rule over the poor, and anyone who borrows is a slave to the lender.
8He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail.8Whoever sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the anger he uses for a weapon will be destroyed.
9He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.9Whoever is generous will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
10Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease.10Throw out the mocker and strife departs, too; furthermore, quarrels and discord will end.
11He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend.11Whoever loves purity and gracious speech will gain the king as his friend.
12The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the faithless.12The LORD watches over anyone with knowledge, but he ruins the plans of the unfaithful.
13The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”13The lazy person says, "There is a lion outside! I will be killed in the street!"
14The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; He who is abhorred by the LORD will fall there.14The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; a man experiencing the LORD's wrath will fall into it.
15Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.15A child's heart has a tendency to do wrong, but the rod of discipline removes it far away from him.
16He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.16Whoever oppresses the poor to enrich himself and whoever gives gifts to the wealthy will yield only loss.
17Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge;17Pay attention and listen to the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my teaching,
18For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips,18for it is pleasant when you treasure them within you and have them ready on your lips.
19So that your trust may be in the LORD; I have instructed you today, even you.19As a result, your trust will be in the LORD, that's why I'm teaching you today, even you.
20Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,20Have I not written for you 30 sayings containing counsel and knowledge,
21That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?21to teach you true and reliable advice, so you can give truthful answers to those who sent you?
22Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;22Don't rob the poor person because he is poor, and don't crush the helpless in court,
23For the LORD will plead their cause, And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.23for the LORD will plead their case and ruin the lives of those who ruin them.
24Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go,24Don't make friends with a hot-tempered man, and do not associate with someone who is easily angered,
25Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.25or you may learn his ways and find yourself caught in a trap.
26Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge, One of those who is surety for debts;26Don't be one of those who make promises to guarantee loans for debts.
27If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take away your bed from under you?27If you don't have the ability to pay, why should your very bed be taken from under you?
28Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set.28Don't remove an ancient boundary stone that was set up by your ancestors.
29Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.29Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will work for kings, not unimportant people.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.The Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
Proverbs 21
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