Proverbs 22
New International VersionNew American Standard Bible 1995
1A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.1A good name is to be more desired than 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 a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all.
3The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.3The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.
4Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.4The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.
5In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.5Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards himself will be far from them.
6Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn 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 rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.7The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender's slave.
8Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.8He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, And the rod of his fury will perish.
9The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.9He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.
10Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.10Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease.
11One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.11He who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.
12The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.12The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.
13The sluggard says, "There's a lion outside! I'll be killed in the public square!"13The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside; I will be killed in the streets!"
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 an adulteress is a deep pit; He who is cursed of 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 bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
16One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.16He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
17Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,17Incline your ear and hear 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 will be pleasant if you keep them within you, That they may be ready on your lips.
19So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.19So that your trust may be in the LORD, I have taught you today, even you.
20Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,20Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,
21teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?21To make you know the certainty of the words of truth That you may correctly answer him who sent you?
22Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,22Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;
23for the LORD will take up their case and will exact life for life.23For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.
24Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered,24Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man,
25or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.25Or you will learn his ways And find a snare for yourself.
26Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;26Do not be among those who give pledges, Among those who become guarantors for debts.
27if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.27If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take your bed from under you?
28Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.28Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set.
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 before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.
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