22 ·Being respected [L A good name/reputation] is more important than having great riches. ·To be well thought of [High esteem] is better than silver or gold [Eccl. 7:1].
2 The rich and the poor ·are alike [have a common bond] in that the Lord made them all.
3 The ·wise [prudent] see ·danger [evil; trouble] ahead and avoid it, but fools ·keep going [go straight to it] and ·get into trouble [or are punished].
4 ·Respecting [Fearing] the Lord[1:7] and ·not being proud [humility] will bring you wealth, honor, and life.
5 Evil people’s lives are like paths covered with thorns and ·traps [nets]. People who guard themselves ·don’t have such problems [L stay far from them].
6 Train children ·to live the right way [L in their/or his path; C referring either to children or to God], and when they are old, they will not ·stray [depart] from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor, and borrowers are ·servants [slaves] to lenders.
8 Those who ·plan [L sow] ·evil [injustice] will ·receive [L reap; harvest] ·trouble [evil; Matt. 26:52]. ·Their cruel anger [L The rod of their fury] will come to an end.
9 Generous people ·will be blessed [or he will bless], because they share their food with the poor.
10 ·Get rid of [Banish; Drive out] the ·one who makes fun of wisdom [mocker]. Then ·fighting [conflict], ·quarrels [judgments], and ·insults [shame] will stop.
11 Whoever loves pure ·thoughts [L hearts] and kind ·words [L lips] will have even the king as a friend.
12 The eyes of the Lord guard knowledge, but he ·destroys [frustrates] ·false words [L the words of the untrustworthy/faithless].
13 The lazy person says, “There’s a lion outside! I might get killed out in the ·street [middle of the public square]!”
14 The ·words [L mouth] of ·an unfaithful wife [L the strange woman] are like a deep ·trap [pit]. Those who make the Lord angry will ·get caught by them [L fall in it].
15 ·Every child is full of foolishness [L Stupidity/Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child], but ·punishment can get rid of it [L the rod of discipline drives it far from them].
16 Whoever gets rich by ·mistreating [oppressing] the poor, and gives presents to the wealthy, will become poor.
Other Wise Sayings
17 ·Listen carefully to [L Incline/Bend your ear and hear] ·what wise people say [L the words of the wise]; ·pay attention to [set your heart on] what I am teaching you. 18 It will be ·good [pleasant] to ·keep these things in mind [L guard them in your innermost being] so that you ·are ready to repeat them [L have them ready on your lips]. 19 I am teaching them to you now so that you will put your trust in the Lord. 20 I have written ·thirty [or excellent] sayings for you, which give knowledge and good advice. 21 I am teaching you true and reliable words so that you can give true answers to anyone who ·asks [L sends you].
22 Do not ·abuse [L steal from] poor people because they are poor, and do not ·take away the rights of [oppress] the needy in ·court [L the gate]. 23 The Lord will ·defend them in court [accuse their accusers] and will ·take the life of those who take away their rights [L press/squeeze the life out of those who press/squeeze them; Ex. 22:21–23; 23:6; Deut. 24:14–15].
24 Don’t make friends with ·quick-tempered people [people controlled by anger] or ·spend time [associate] with those who have bad tempers. 25 If you do, you will ·be like them [learn their ways]. Then you will ·be in real danger [L get yourself trapped].
26 Don’t ·promise [L shake hands] to pay what someone else owes, and don’t guarantee anyone’s loan. 27 If you cannot pay the loan, ·your own bed may [L why should your own bed…?] be taken right out from under you.
28 Don’t move an ·old stone that marks a border [an ancient boundary marker; Deut. 19:14; 27:17; Job 24:2; Hos. 5:10; C borders were marked by carved stones], because those stones were set up by your ancestors.
29 Do you see people ·skilled [or diligent] in their work? They will work for kings, not for ·ordinary [obscure] people.
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