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Proverbs 22 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank. 1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2 The rich and the poor shake hands as equals - God made them both! 2 Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.
3 A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks; a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered. 3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
4 The payoff for meekness and Fear-of-God is plenty and honor and a satisfying life. 4 Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.
5 The perverse travel a dangerous road, potholed and mud-slick; if you know what's good for you, stay clear of it. 5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.
6 Point your kids in the right direction - when they're old they won't be lost. 6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
7 The poor are always ruled over by the rich, so don't borrow and put yourself under their power. 7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 Whoever sows sin reaps weeds, and bullying anger sputters into nothing. 8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
9 Generous hands are blessed hands because they give bread to the poor. 9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
10 Kick out the troublemakers and things will quiet down; you need a break from bickering and griping! 10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
11 God loves the pure-hearted and well-spoken; good leaders also delight in their friendship. 11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
12 God guards knowledge with a passion, but he'll have nothing to do with deception. 12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The loafer says, "There's a lion on the loose! If I go out I'll be eaten alive!" 13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside!" or, "I will be murdered in the streets!"
14 The mouth of a whore is a bottomless pit; you'll fall in that pit if you're on the outs with God. 14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; he who is under the LORD's wrath will fall into it.
15 Young people are prone to foolishness and fads; the cure comes through tough-minded discipline. 15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
16 Exploit the poor or glad-hand the rich - whichever, you'll end up the poorer for it. The Thirty Precepts of the Sages Don't Move Back the Boundary Lines 16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.
17 Listen carefully to my wisdom; take to heart what I can teach you. You'll treasure its sweetness deep within; 17 Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
18 you'll give it bold expression in your speech. 18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 To make sure your foundation is trust in God, I'm laying it all out right now just for you. 19 So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
20 I'm giving you thirty sterling principles - tested guidelines to live by. 20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 Believe me - these are truths that work, and will keep you accountable to those who sent you. 21 teaching you true and reliable words, so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you?
22 Don't walk on the poor just because they're poor, and don't use your position to crush the weak, 22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,
23 Because God will come to their defense; the life you took, he'll take from you and give back to them. 23 for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.
24 Don't hang out with angry people; don't keep company with hotheads. 24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered,
25 Bad temper is contagious - don't get infected. 25 or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.
26 Don't gamble on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, hocking your house against a lucky chance. 26 Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;
27 The time will come when you have to pay up; you'll be left with nothing but the shirt on your back. 27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
28 Don't stealthily move back the boundary lines staked out long ago by your ancestors. 28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your forefathers.
29 Observe people who are good at their work - skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don't take a back seat to anyone. 29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.