Proverbs 22
King James BibleNew American Standard Bible 1995
1A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.1A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.
2The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.2The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all.
3A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.3The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.
4By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.4The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.
5Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.5Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards himself will be far from them.
6Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.6Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
7The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.7The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender's slave.
8He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.8He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, And the rod of his fury will perish.
9He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.9He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.
10Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.10Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease.
11He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.11He who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.
12The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.12The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.
13The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.13The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside; I will be killed in the streets!"
14The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.14The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; He who is cursed of the LORD will fall into it.
15Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.15Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
16He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.16He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
17Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.17Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.18For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, That they may be ready on your lips.
19That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.19So that your trust may be in the LORD, I have taught you today, even you.
20Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,20Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,
21That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?21To make you know the certainty of the words of truth That you may correctly answer him who sent you?
22Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:22Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;
23For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.23For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.
24Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:24Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man,
25Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.25Or you will learn his ways And find a snare for yourself.
26Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.26Do not be among those who give pledges, Among those who become guarantors for debts.
27If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?27If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take your bed from under you?
28Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.28Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set.
29Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.29Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.
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