Proverbs 22:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 22:1, NIV: A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 22:1, ESV: A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 22:1, KJV: A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Proverbs 22:1, NASB: A good name is to be more desired than great wealth; Favor is better than silver and gold.

Proverbs 22:1, NLT: Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 22:1, CSB: A good name is to be chosen over great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold.

What does Proverbs 22:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Given the choice between a good reputation and a million dollars, many people would prefer the money. However, Solomon notes that it's better to be known for integrity and morality than to be wealthy and associated with sin (Proverbs 3:1–5; 19:1). Money cannot directly buy happiness, peace, security, or eternal life. It has many advantages, but those are all temporary. A good reputation built on faith in Christ (2 Peter 1:5–8, 11) is accompanied by joy, peace with God, security, and eternal life. The "favor" spoken of here is part of that positive image; a person known for goodness is much more likely to be helped and honored by those around them (Proverbs 10:7; 11:10).

The spiritual maturity which leads to a good reputation leads to trust and honor. Proverbs chapter 31 describes the woman whose reputation is blameless. An early verse says, "The heart of her husband trusts in her" (Proverbs 31:11) and later the passage declares, "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her" (Proverbs 31:28). Money cannot buy the admiration and love of others, but a noble character that creates a good reputation can earn the admiration and love of many people.