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 name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2The rich and the poor have this in common, The LORD is the maker of them all.2Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.
3A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.3The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
4By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life.4Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.
5Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them.5In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
6Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.6Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
7The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.7The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
8He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail.8Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
9He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.9The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
10Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease.10Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
11He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend.11One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.
12The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the faithless.12The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”13The sluggard says, "There's a lion outside! I'll be killed in the public square!"
14The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; He who is abhorred by the LORD will fall there.14The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the LORD's wrath falls into it.
15Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.15Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
16He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.16One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.
17Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge;17Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
18For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips,18for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
19So that your trust may be in the LORD; I have instructed you today, even you.19So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
20Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,20Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of 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?21teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?
22Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;22Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,
23For the LORD will plead their cause, And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.23for the LORD will take up their case and will exact life for life.
24Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go,24Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered,
25Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.25or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.
26Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge, One of those who is surety for debts;26Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;
27If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take away your bed from under you?27if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
28Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set.28Do not move an ancient boundary stone 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 someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.
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