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Proverbs chapter 22

New International Version

1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2 Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.
3 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
4 Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.
5 In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
9 The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, 'There's a lion outside! I'll be killed in the public square!'
14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the LORD's wrath falls into it.
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away. 16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty. 17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, 18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. 19 So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you. 20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, 21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve? 22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, 23 for the LORD will take up their case and will exact life for life. 24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, 25 or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared. 26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; 27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you. 28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors. 29 Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.
English Standard Version

1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. 2 The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the Maker of them all. 3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. 4 The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life. 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them. 6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. 7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. 8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail. 9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor. 10 Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease. 11 He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend. 12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the traitor. 13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!” 14 The mouth of forbidden women is a deep pit; he with whom the LORD is angry will fall into it. 15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him. 16 Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty. 17 Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, 18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. 19 That your trust may be in the LORD, I have made them known to you today, even to you. 20 Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge, 21 to make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those 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 cause and rob of life those who rob them. 24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, 25 lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. 26 Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts. 27 If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you? 28 Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set. 29 Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
King James Version

1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. 18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. 19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. 20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, 21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: 23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts. 27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
New American Standard Bible

1 A good name is to be more desired than great wealth; Favor is better than silver and gold. 2 The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the Maker of them all. 3 A prudent person sees evil and hides himself, But the naive proceed, and pay the penalty. 4 The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor, and life. 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; One who guards himself will be far from them. 6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he grows older he will not abandon it. 7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave. 8 One who sows injustice will reap disaster, And the rod of his fury will perish. 9 One who is generous will be blessed, Because he gives some of his food to the poor. 10 Drive out the scoffer, and strife will leave, Even quarreling and dishonor will cease. 11 One who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend. 12 The eyes of the LORD protect knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the treacherous person. 13 The lazy one 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 cursed of the LORD will fall into it. 15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him. 16 One who oppresses the poor to make more for himself, Or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty. 17 Extend 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, So that they may be ready on your lips. 19 So that your trust may be in the LORD, I have taught you today, you indeed. 20 Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, 21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth, So that you may correctly answer him who sent you? 22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Nor crush the needy at the gate; 23 For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them. 24 Do not make friends with a person given to anger, Or go with a hot-tempered person, 25 Or you will learn his ways And find a snare for yourself. 26 Do not be among those who shake hands, Among those who become guarantors for debts. 27 If you have nothing with which to repay, 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 person skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure people.
New Living Translation

1 Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.
2 The rich and poor have this in common: The LORD made them both.
3 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
4 True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life.
5 Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it.
6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
7 Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end.
9 Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.
10 Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too. Quarrels and insults will disappear.
11 Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend.
12 The LORD preserves those with knowledge, but he ruins the plans of the treacherous.
13 The lazy person claims, 'There's a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!'
14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap; those who make the LORD angry will fall into it.
15 A youngster's heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.
16 A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.
17 Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction. 18 For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips. 19 I am teaching you today--yes, you--so you will trust in the LORD. 20 I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge. 21 In this way, you may know the truth and take an accurate report to those who sent you.
22 Don't rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court. 23 For the LORD is their defender. He will ruin anyone who ruins them.
24 Don't befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, 25 or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.
26 Don't agree to guarantee another person's debt or put up security for someone else. 27 If you can't pay it, even your bed will be snatched from under you.
28 Don't cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations.
29 Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people.
Christian Standard Bible

1 A good name is to be chosen over great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold.
2 Rich and poor have this in common: the LORD makes them all.
3 A sensible person sees danger and takes cover, but the inexperienced keep going and are punished.
4 Humility, the fear of the LORD, results in wealth, honor, and life.
5 There are thorns and snares on the way of the crooked; the one who guards himself stays far from them.
6 Start a youth out on his way; even when he grows old he will not depart from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave to the lender.
8 The one who sows injustice will reap disaster, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
9 A generous person will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
10 Drive out a mocker, and conflict goes too; then quarreling and dishonor will cease.
11 The one who loves a pure heart and gracious lips--the king is his friend.
12 The LORD's eyes keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the treacherous.
13 The slacker says, "There's a lion outside! I'll be killed in the public square!"
14 The mouth of the forbidden woman is a deep pit; a man cursed by the LORD will fall into it.
15 Foolishness is bound to the heart of a youth; a rod of discipline will separate it from him.
16 Oppressing the poor to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich--both lead only to poverty. 17 Listen closely, pay attention to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge. 18 For it is pleasing if you keep them within you and if they are constantly on your lips. 19 I have instructed you today--even you--so that your confidence may be in the LORD. 20 Haven't I written for you thirty sayings about counsel and knowledge,
21 in order to teach you true and reliable words, so that you may give a dependable report to those who sent you? 22 Don't rob a poor person because he is poor, and don't crush the oppressed at the city gate,
23 for the LORD will champion their cause and will plunder those who plunder them. 24 Don't make friends with an angry person, and don't be a companion of a hot-tempered one,
25 or you will learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. 26 Don't be one of those who enter agreements, who put up security for loans.
27 If you have nothing with which to pay, even your bed will be taken from under you.
28 Don't move an ancient boundary marker that your fathers set up. 29 Do you see a person skilled in his work? He will stand in the presence of kings. He will not stand in the presence of the unknown.

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