Proverbs 22
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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 chosen rather than great wealth, good favor more than silver or gold.
2The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.2The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the creator of them both.
3A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.3A shrewd person sees danger and hides himself, but the naive keep right on going and suffer for it.
4By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.4The reward for humility and fearing the LORD is riches and 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 path of the perverse, but the one who guards himself keeps 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 a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
7The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.7The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.8The one who sows iniquity will reap trouble, and the rod of his fury will end.
9He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.9A generous person 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 scorner and contention will leave; strife and insults will cease.
11He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.11The one who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious--the king will be his friend.
12The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.12The eyes of the LORD guard knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the faithless person.
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 middle of 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 like a deep pit; the one against whom the LORD is angry will fall into it.
15Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.15Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive 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.16The one who oppresses the poor to increase his own gain and the one who gives to the rich--both end up only in poverty.
17Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.17Incline your ear and listen to the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my instruction.
18For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.18For it is pleasing if you keep these sayings within you, and they are 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 confidence may be in the LORD, I am making them known to you today--even you.
20Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,20Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel 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 show you true and reliable words, so that you may give accurate answers to those who sent you?
22Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:22Do not exploit a poor person because he is poor and do not crush the needy in court,
23For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.23for the LORD will plead their case and will rob those who are robbing them.
24Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:24Do not make friends with an angry person, and do not associate with a wrathful person,
25Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.25lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.
26Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.26Do not be one who strikes hands in pledge or who puts up security for debts.
27If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?27If you do not have enough to pay, your bed will be taken right out from under you!
28Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.28Do not move an ancient boundary stone which was put in place by your ancestors.
29Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.29Do you see a person skilled in his work? He will take his position before kings; he will not take his position before obscure people.
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