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Advice for Everyday Life

22 A good reputation is more desirable than great wealth,
and favorable acceptance more than silver and gold.

The rich and the poor have this in common—
    the Lord created both of them.

The prudent person sees trouble ahead and hides,
    but the naïve continue on and suffer the consequences.

The reward of humility is the fear of the Lord,
    along with wealth, honor, and life.

Thorns and snares lie in the path of the perverse person,
    but whoever is cautious stays far away from them.

Train a child in the way appropriate for him,
    and when he becomes older, he will not turn from it.

The wealthy rule over the poor,
    and anyone who borrows is a slave to the lender.

Whoever sows wickedness reaps trouble,
    and the anger he uses for a weapon[a] will be destroyed.

Whoever is generous[b] will be blessed,
    for he shares his food with the poor.

10 Throw out the mocker and strife departs, too;[c]
    furthermore, quarrels[d] and discord will end.

11 Whoever loves purity[e] and gracious speech
    will gain the king as his friend.

12 The Lord watches over anyone with knowledge,
    but he ruins the plans[f] of the unfaithful.

13 The lazy person says, “There is a lion outside!
    I will be killed in the street!”

14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit;
    a man experiencing the Lord’s wrath will fall into it.

15 A child’s heart has a tendency to do wrong,
    but the rod of discipline removes it far away from him.

16 Whoever oppresses the poor to enrich himself
    and whoever gives gifts to the wealthy
        will yield only loss.

Sayings of the Wise

17 Pay attention and listen to the words of the wise,
    and apply your heart to my teaching,
18 for it is pleasant when you treasure them within you
    and have them ready on your lips.
19 As a result, your trust will be in the Lord,
    that’s why I’m teaching you today, even you.
20 Have I not written for you 30 sayings
    containing counsel and knowledge,
21 to teach you true and reliable advice,
    so you can give truthful answers to those who sent you?

22 Don’t rob the poor person because he is poor,
    and don’t crush the helpless in court,[g]
23 for the Lord will plead their case
    and ruin the lives of those who ruin them.

24 Don’t make friends with a hot-tempered man,
    and do not associate with someone who is easily angered,
25 or you may learn his ways
    and find yourself caught in a trap.

26 Don’t be one of those who make promises
    to guarantee loans for debts.
27 If you don’t have the ability to pay,
    why should your very bed be taken from under you?

28 Don’t remove an ancient boundary stone
    that was set up by your ancestors.

29 Do you see a man skilled in his work?
    He will work for kings, not unimportant people.


  1. Proverbs 22:8 Lit. rod
  2. Proverbs 22:9 Lit. A good eye
  3. Proverbs 22:10 The Heb. lacks too
  4. Proverbs 22:10 Or litigation
  5. Proverbs 22:11 Lit. purity of heart
  6. Proverbs 22:12 Lit. words
  7. Proverbs 22:22 Lit. gate