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Proverbs 22:5-7 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Twisted and perverse lives are surrounded by demonic influence.[a]
If you value your soul, stay far away from them.
Dedicate your children to God
and point them in the way that they should go,[b]
and the values they’ve learned from you will be with them for life.
If you borrow money with interest,
you’ll end up serving the interests of your creditors,[c]
for the rich rule over the poor.


  1. Proverbs 22:5 Or “thorns and snares.” This becomes a metaphor of demonic curses and troubles. Thorns are associated with the fall of Adam. Jesus wore a crown of thorns and took away our curse. The snares picture the temptations of evil that the Devil places in our path.
  2. Proverbs 22:6 Or “Train them in the direction they are best suited to go.” Some Jewish scholars teach this means understanding your children’s talents and then seeing that they go into that field.
  3. Proverbs 22:7 The Septuagint reads “The servant will lend to his own master.”
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