Proverbs 22 ESV

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

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2 2The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is 3the maker of them all.

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3 4The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

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4 The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is 5riches and honor and life.a

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    • µ 22:4 - Or The reward for humility is the fear of the Lord, riches and honor and life
      5 6Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever 7guards his soul will keep far from them.

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      6 8Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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      7 9The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

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      8 Whoever 10sows injustice will reap calamity, and 11the rod of his fury will fail.

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      9 12Whoever has a bountifulb eye will be blessed, for he 13shares his bread with the poor.

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      10 14Drive out a scoffer, 15and strife will go out, and 16quarreling and abuse will cease.

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      11 He who 17loves purity of heart, and whose 18speech is gracious, 19will have the king as his friend.

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      12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he 20overthrows the words of the traitor.

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      13 21The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!"

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      14 The mouth of 22forbiddenc women is 23a deep pit; 24he with whom the LORD is angry will fall into it.

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        • · 22:14 - Hebrew strange
          15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but 25the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

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          16 Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, 26will only come to poverty.

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          Words of the Wise

          17 27Incline your ear, and hear 28the words of the wise, 29and apply your heart to my knowledge,

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          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 30thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge,

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          21 to 31make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?

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          22 32Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or 33crush the afflicted at 34the gate,

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          23 for 35the LORD will plead their cause and rob of life those who rob them.

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          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 36give pledges, who put up security for debts.

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          27 If you have nothing with which to pay, why should 37your bed be taken from under you?

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          28 Do not move the ancient 38landmark that your fathers have set.

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          29 Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will 39stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

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