Proverbs Chapter 22 |
1Repute is preferable to great wealth,
Grace is better than silver and gold.
2Rich man and poor man meet;
The Lord made them both.
3The shrewd man saw trouble and took cover;
The simple kept going and paid the penalty.
4The effect of humility is fear of the Lord,
Wealth, honor, and life.
5Thorns and snares are in the path of the crooked;
He who values his life will keep far from them.
6Train a lad in the way he ought to go;
He will not swerve from it even in old age.
7The rich rule the poor,
And the borrower is a slave to the lender.
8He who sows injustice shall reap misfortune;
His rod of wrath shall fail.
9The generous man is blessed,
For he gives of his bread to the poor.
10Expel the scoffer and contention departs,
Quarrel and contumely cease.
11A pure-hearted friend,
His speech is gracious;
He has the king for his companion.
12The eyes of the Lord watch the wise man;
He subverts the words of the treacherous.
13The lazy man says, “There’s a lion in the street;
I shall be killed if I step outside.”
14The mouth of a forbidden woman is a deep pit;
He who is doomed by the Lord falls into it.
15If folly settles in the heart of a lad,
The rod of discipline will remove it.
16To profit by withholding what is due to the poor
Is like making gifts to the rich—pure loss.
17Incline your ear and listen to the words of the sages;
Pay attention to my wisdom.
18It is good that you store them inside you,
And that all of them be constantly on your lips,
19That you may put your trust in the Lord.
I let you know today—yes, you—
20Indeed, I wrote down for you a threefold lore,
21To let you know truly reliable words,
That you may give a faithful reply to him who sent you.
22Do not rob the wretched because he is wretched;
Do not crush the poor man in the gate;
23For the Lord will take up their cause
And despoil those who despoil them of life.
24Do not associate with an irascible man,
Or go about with one who is hot-tempered,
25Lest you learn his ways
And find yourself ensnared.
26Do not be one of those who give their hand,
Who stand surety for debts,
27Lest your bed be taken from under you
When you have no money to pay.
28Do not remove the ancient boundary stone
That your ancestors set up.
29See a man skilled at his work—
He shall attend upon kings;
He shall not attend upon obscure men.