Proverbs 22
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1A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.1A good name is to be chosen over great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold.
2Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.2The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD made them both.
3The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.3A sensible person sees danger and takes cover, but the inexperienced keep going and are punished.
4Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.4The result of humility is fear of the LORD, along with wealth, honor, and life.
5In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.5There are thorns and snares on the path of the crooked; the one who guards himself stays far from them.
6Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.6Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
7The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.7The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave to the lender.
8Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.8The one who sows injustice will reap disaster, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
9The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.9A generous person will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
10Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.10Drive out a mocker, and conflict goes too; then quarreling and dishonor will cease.
11One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.11The one who loves a pure heart and gracious lips--the king is his friend.
12The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.12The LORD's eyes keep watch over knowledge, but He overthrows the words of the treacherous.
13The sluggard says, "There's a lion outside! I'll be killed in the public square!"13The slacker says, "There's a lion outside! I'll be killed in the public square!"
14The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the LORD's wrath falls into it.14The mouth of the forbidden woman is a deep pit; a man cursed by the LORD will fall into it.
15Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.15Foolishness is tangled up in the heart of a youth; the rod of discipline will drive it away from him.
16One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.16Oppressing the poor to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich--both lead only to poverty.
17Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,17Listen closely, pay attention to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge.
18for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.18For it is pleasing if you keep them within you and if they are constantly on your lips.
19So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.19I have instructed you today--even you-- so that your confidence may be in the LORD.
20Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,20Haven't I written for you thirty sayings about counsel and knowledge,
21teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?21in order to teach you true and reliable words, so that you may give a dependable report to those who sent you?
22Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,22Don't rob a poor man because he is poor, and don't crush the oppressed at the gate,
23for the LORD will take up their case and will exact life for life.23for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.
24Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered,24Don't make friends with an angry man, and don't be a companion of a hot-tempered man,
25or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.25or you will learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.
26Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;26Don't be one of those who enter agreements, who put up security for loans.
27if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.27If you have no money to pay, even your bed will be taken from under you.
28Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.28Don't move an ancient boundary marker that your fathers set up.
29Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.29Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand in the presence of kings. He will not stand in the presence of unknown men.
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