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Proverbs 22 World English Bible (WEB)

22 A good name is more desirable than great riches,
    and loving favor is better than silver and gold.
The rich and the poor have this in common:
    Yahweh is the maker of them all.
A prudent man sees danger, and hides himself;
    but the simple pass on, and suffer for it.
The result of humility and the fear of Yahweh
    is wealth, honor, and life.
Thorns and snares are in the path of the wicked:
    whoever guards his soul stays from them.
Train up a child in the way he should go,
    and when he is old he will not depart from it.
The rich rule over the poor.
    The borrower is servant to the lender.
He who sows wickedness reaps trouble,
    and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
He who has a generous eye will be blessed;
    for he shares his food with the poor.
10 Drive out the mocker, and strife will go out;
    yes, quarrels and insults will stop.
11 He who loves purity of heart and speaks gracefully
    is the king’s friend.
12 Yahweh’s eyes watch over knowledge;
    but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!
    I will be killed in the streets!”
14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit:
    he who is under Yahweh’s wrath will fall into it.
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child:
    the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
16 Whoever oppresses the poor for his own increase and whoever gives to the rich,
    both come to poverty.

17 Turn your ear, and listen to the words of the wise.
    Apply your heart to my teaching.
18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you,
    if all of them are ready on your lips.
19 That your trust may be in Yahweh,
    I teach you today, even you.
20 Haven’t I written to you thirty excellent things
    of counsel and knowledge,
21 To teach you truth, reliable words,
    to give sound answers to the ones who sent you?

22 Don’t exploit the poor, because he is poor;
    and don’t crush the needy in court;
23 for Yahweh will plead their case,
    and plunder the life of those who plunder them.

24 Don’t befriend a hot-tempered man,
    and don’t associate with one who harbors anger:
25 lest you learn his ways,
    and ensnare your soul.

26 Don’t you be one of those who strike hands,
    of those who are collateral for debts.
27 If you don’t have means to pay,
    why should he take away your bed from under you?

28 Don’t move the ancient boundary stone,
    which your fathers have set up.

29 Do you see a man skilled in his work?
    He will serve kings.
    He won’t serve obscure men.

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Proverbs 22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

On Life and Conduct

22 A good name is to be more desired than great wealth,
Favor is better than silver and gold.
The rich and the poor [a]have a common bond,
The Lord is the maker of them all.
The prudent sees the evil and hides himself,
But the [b]naive go on, and are punished for it.
The reward of humility and the [c]fear of the Lord
Are riches, honor and life.
Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
He who guards himself will be far from them.
Train up a child [d]in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
The rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.
He who sows iniquity will reap vanity,
And the rod of his fury will perish.
He who [e]is generous will be blessed,
For he gives some of his food to the poor.
10 Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out,
Even strife and dishonor will cease.
11 He who loves purity of heart
And [f]whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.
12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge,
But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.
13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside;
I will be killed in the streets!”
14 The mouth of [g]an adulteress is a deep pit;
He who is cursed of the Lord will fall [h]into it.
15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
16 He who oppresses the poor to make [i]more for himself
Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
[j]That they may be ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I have [k]taught you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you [l]excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
21 To make you know the [m]certainty of the words of truth
That you may [n]correctly answer him who sent you?

22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
Or crush the afflicted at the gate;
23 For the Lord will plead their case
And [o]take the life of those who rob them.

24 Do not associate with a man given to anger;
Or go with a hot-tempered man,
25 Or you will learn his ways
And [p]find a snare for yourself.

26 Do not be among those who give [q]pledges,
Among those who become guarantors for debts.
27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
Why should he take your bed from under you?

28 Do not move the ancient boundary
Which your fathers have set.

29 Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before obscure men.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 22:2 Lit meet together
  2. Proverbs 22:3 Lit simple
  3. Proverbs 22:4 Or reverence
  4. Proverbs 22:6 Lit according to his way
  5. Proverbs 22:9 Lit has a good eye
  6. Proverbs 22:11 Lit has grace on his lips
  7. Proverbs 22:14 Lit strange woman
  8. Proverbs 22:14 Lit there
  9. Proverbs 22:16 Lit much
  10. Proverbs 22:18 Lit They together
  11. Proverbs 22:19 Lit made you know
  12. Proverbs 22:20 Or previous
  13. Proverbs 22:21 Lit truth
  14. Proverbs 22:21 Lit return to words of truth
  15. Proverbs 22:23 Lit rob the soul
  16. Proverbs 22:25 Lit take
  17. Proverbs 22:26 Lit strike hands
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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