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Proverbs 22 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 A {reputation}a [is] to be chosen {rather than}b great riches; {favor is better than silver and gold}.c 2 Rich and poor have [much] in common; Yahweh is the maker of all of them. 3 The clever sees danger and hides, but the simple go on and suffer. 4 The reward of humility [is] the fear of Yahweh-- wealth and honor and life. 5 Thorns [and] snares [are] in the way of the perverse; he who guards himselfd will keep away from them. 6 Train the child {concerning his way};e even when he is old, he will not stray from it. 7 The rich will rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave of {the lender}.f 8 He who sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his anger will fail. 9 He [who] {is generous}g will be blessed, for he gives to the poor from his [own] bread. 10 Drive out a scoffer and strife will go out; quarrel and abuse will cease. 11 He who loves purity of heart [and has]{gracious speech},h his friend [is the] king. 12 The eyes of Yahweh keep watch over knowledge, but he will overthrow the words of the faithless. 13 A lazy person says "A lion in the street! In the middle of the highway, I shall be killed!" 14 A deep pit is the mouth of an {adulteress},i [he with whom] Yahweh is angry will fall there. 15 Folly is bound up in the heartj of a boy;k [the] rod of discipline will drive itl from him. 16 He who oppresses the poor [in order] to enrich himself, [or] gives to the rich, {will come to poverty}.m

Words of the Wise

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise; you shall apply your heartn to my teaching. 18 For [it is] pleasant if you guard them {within you};o together they will be ready upon your lips. 19 [In order] for your trust to be in Yahweh, I have made [them] known to you {today}p--evenq you. 20 Have I not written for you thirty [sayings] with admonitions and knowledge? 21 [In order] to show you what is right--sayings of truth-- [in order] to return a true saying to him who sent you. 22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor, and do not crush the afflicted at the gate; 23 For Yahweh will plead their case and despoil those who despoil them of life.r 24 Do not befriend an owners of {anger},t and with a man of wrath you shall not associate; 25 lest you learn his way and become entangled in a snare to yourself.u 26 Do not be with those who {give a pledge}v {by becoming}w surety. 27 If there is nothing for you to pay,x why will he take your bed from under you? 28 Do not remove an ancient boundary marker which your ancestorsy made. 29 A man who is skillful in his work, you shall see: before kings, he will serve; he will not serve before the commoners.
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