22 Being respected is more important than having great riches. To be well thought of is better than owning silver or gold.
2 The rich and the poor are alike in that the Lord made them all.
3 When a wise person sees danger ahead, he avoids it. But a foolish person keeps going and gets into trouble.
4 Respecting the Lord and not being proud will bring you wealth, honor and life.
5 The lives of evil people are like paths covered with thorns and traps. People who protect themselves don’t have such problems.
6 Train a child how to live the right way. Then even when he is old, he will still live that way.
7 The rich rule over the poor. And borrowers become servants to those who lend.
8 A person who does evil things will receive trouble in return. Then he won’t be cruel to others any longer.
9 A generous person will be blessed because he shares his food with the poor.
10 Get rid of the person who makes fun of wisdom. Then fighting, quarrels and insults will stop.
11 A person who loves innocent thoughts and kind words will have even the king as a friend.
12 The Lord protects knowledge from being lost. But he destroys false words.
13 The lazy person says, “There’s a lion outside! I might get killed out in the street!”
14 The words of an unfaithful wife are like a deep trap. Those who make the Lord angry will get caught by them.
15 Every child is full of foolishness. But punishment can get rid of it.
16 The one who gets rich by being cruel to the poor will become poor. And so will the one who gives presents to the wealthy.
Other Wise Sayings
17 Pay attention and listen to what wise people say. Remember what I am teaching you. 18 It will be good to keep these things in mind. Be prepared to repeat them. 19 I am teaching them to you now so that you will put your trust in the Lord. 20 I have written down 30 sayings for you. They give knowledge and good advice. 21 I am teaching you true and reliable words. Then you can give true answers to anyone who asks.
22 Do not abuse poor people because they are poor. And do not take away the rights of the needy in court. 23 The Lord will defend them in court. And he will take the life of those who take away their rights.
24 Don’t make friends with someone who easily gets angry. Don’t spend time with someone who has a bad temper. 25 If you do, you may learn to be like him. Then you will be in real danger.
26 Don’t promise to pay what someone else owes. And don’t give guarantees that you will pay what he owes. 27 If you cannot pay what he owes, your own bed will be taken and sold.
28 Don’t move an old stone that shows where a person’s land is. These stones were set up by your ancestors.
29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? That man will work for kings. He won’t have to work for ordinary people.
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