Proverbs 22

On Life and Conduct

1A a  good name is to be more desired than great wealth,
Favor is better than silver and gold.
2The rich and the poor
Lit meet together
have a common bond,
The  Lord is the c  maker of them all.
3The d  prudent sees the evil and hides himself,
But the
Lit simple
naive go on, and are punished for it.
4The reward of humility and the
Or reverence
fear of the  Lord
Are riches, honor and life.
5 g  Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
He who guards himself will be far from them.
6 h  Train up a child
Lit according to his way
in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
7The j  rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.
8He who k  sows iniquity will reap vanity,
And the l  rod of his fury will perish.
9He who
Lit has a good eye
is n  generous will be blessed,
For he o  gives some of his food to the poor.
10 p  Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out,
Even strife and dishonor will cease.
11He who loves q  purity of heart
And
Lit has grace on his lips
whose speech is s  gracious, the king is his friend.
12The eyes of the  Lord preserve knowledge,
But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.
13The t  sluggard says, “There is a lion outside;
I will be killed in the streets!”
14The mouth of
Lit strange woman
,
v  an adulteress is a deep pit;
He who is w  cursed of the  Lord will fall
Lit there
into it.
15Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The y  rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
16He z  who oppresses the poor to make
Lit much
more for himself
Or who gives to the rich ab  will only come to poverty.

17 ac  Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18For it will be ad  pleasant if you keep them within you,
Lit They together
That they may be ready on your lips.
19So that your af  trust may be in the  Lord,
I have
Lit made you know
taught you today, even you.
20Have I not written to you
Or previous
,
ai  excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
21To make you aj  know the
Lit truth
certainty of the words of truth
That you may
Lit return to words of truth
,
am  correctly answer him who sent you?

22 an  Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
Or ao  crush the afflicted at the gate;
23For the  Lord will ap  plead their case
And
Lit rob the soul
take the life of those who rob them.

24Do not associate with a man given to anger;
Or go with a ar  hot-tempered man,
25Or you will as  learn his ways
And
Lit take
find a snare for yourself.

26Do not be among those who au  give
Lit strike hands
pledges,
Among those who become guarantors for debts.
27If you have nothing with which to pay,
Why should he aw  take your bed from under you?

28 ax  Do not move the ancient boundary
Which your fathers have set.

29Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will ay  stand before kings;
He will not stand before obscure men.

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