1 A {reputation} [is] to be chosen {rather than} great riches; {favor is better than silver and gold}.
References for Proverbs 22:1
    • a 22:1 - Literally "name"
    • b 22:1 - Literally "from"
    • c 22:1 - Literally "from silver and from gold, favor [is] better"
      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 himself will keep away from them.
      References for Proverbs 22:5
        • d 22:5 - Or "soul," or "life"
          6 Train the child {concerning his way}; even when he is old, he will not stray from it.
          References for Proverbs 22:6
            • e 22:6 - Literally "on the mouth of his way"
              7 The rich will rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave of {the lender}.
              References for Proverbs 22:7
                • f 22:7 - Literally "the borrower [belonging] to a man"
                  8 He who sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his anger will fail.
                  9 He [who] {is generous} will be blessed, for he gives to the poor from his [own] bread.
                  References for Proverbs 22:9
                    • g 22:9 - Literally "the generous of eye"
                      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}, his friend [is the] king.
                      References for Proverbs 22:11
                        • h 22:11 - Literally "grace of his lips"
                          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}, [he with whom] Yahweh is angry will fall there.
                          References for Proverbs 22:14
                            • i 22:14 - Literally "a strange woman"
                              15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a boy; [the] rod of discipline will drive it from him.
                              References for Proverbs 22:15
                                • j 22:15 - Or "mind"
                                • k 22:15 - Or "young man," or "adolescent"
                                • l 22:15 - That is, folly
                                  16 He who oppresses the poor [in order] to enrich himself, [or] gives to the rich, {will come to poverty}.
                                  References for Proverbs 22:16
                                    • m 22:16 - Literally "only loss"

                                      Words of the Wise

                                      17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise; you shall apply your heart to my teaching.
                                      References for Proverbs 22:17
                                          18 For [it is] pleasant if you guard them {within you}; together they will be ready upon your lips.
                                          References for Proverbs 22:18
                                            • o 22:18 - Literally "in your belly/womb"
                                              19 [In order] for your trust to be in Yahweh, I have made [them] known to you {today}--even you.
                                              References for Proverbs 22:19
                                                • p 22:19 - Literally "the day"
                                                • q 22:19 - Or "only"
                                                  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.
                                                  References for Proverbs 22:23
                                                    • r 22:23 - Or "soul," or "inner self"
                                                      24 Do not befriend an owner of {anger}, and with a man of wrath you shall not associate;
                                                      References for Proverbs 22:24
                                                        • s 22:24 - Or "master"
                                                        • t 22:24 - Literally "nostril"
                                                          25 lest you learn his way and become entangled in a snare to yourself.
                                                          References for Proverbs 22:25
                                                            • u 22:25 - Or "soul," or "inner self"
                                                              26 Do not be with those who {give a pledge} {by becoming} surety.
                                                              References for Proverbs 22:26
                                                                • v 22:26 - Literally "strike a hand"
                                                                • w 22:26 - Literally "in the becomings of"
                                                                  27 If there is nothing for you to pay, why will he take your bed from under you?
                                                                  References for Proverbs 22:27
                                                                    • x 22:27 - Or "complete"
                                                                      28 Do not remove an ancient boundary marker which your ancestors made.
                                                                      References for Proverbs 22:28
                                                                          29 A man who is skillful in his work, you shall see: before kings, he will serve; he will not serve before the commoners.