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Proverbs 22 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 You should want a good name more than you want great riches. To be highly respected is better than having silver or gold. 1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2 The LORD made rich people and poor people. That's what they have in common. 2 Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.
3 Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep going and suffer for it. 3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
4 Have respect for the LORD and don't be proud. That will bring you wealth and honor and life. 4 Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.
5 Thorns and traps lie in the paths of evil people. But those who guard themselves stay far away from them. 5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.
6 Train a child in the way he should go. When he is old, he will not turn away from it. 6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
7 Rich people rule over those who are poor. Borrowers are slaves to lenders. 7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 Anyone who plants evil gathers a harvest of trouble. His power to beat others down will be destroyed. 8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
9 Anyone who gives freely will be blessed. That's because he shares his food with those who are poor. 9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
10 If you drive away those who make fun of others, fighting also goes away. Arguing and unkind words will stop. 10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
11 Have a pure and loving heart, and speak kindly. Then you will be a friend of the king. 11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge. But he does away with the words of those who aren't faithful. 12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 People who don't want to work say, "There's a lion outside!" Or they say, "I'll be murdered if I go out into the streets!" 13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside!" or, "I will be murdered in the streets!"
14 The mouth of a woman who commits adultery is like a deep pit. Any man the LORD is angry with will fall into it. 14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; he who is under the LORD's wrath will fall into it.
15 A child is going to do foolish things. But correcting him will drive his foolishness far away from him. 15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
16 One person may beat poor people down in order to get rich. Another person may give gifts to rich people. Both of them will become poor. 16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.
17 Pay attention and listen to the sayings of those who are wise. Apply your heart to the sayings I teach. 17 Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
18 It is pleasing when you keep them in your heart. Have all of them ready on your lips. 18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 You are the one I am teaching today. I want you to trust in the Lord. 19 So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
20 I have written 30 sayings for you. They will give you knowledge and good advice. 20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 I am teaching you words that are completely true. Then you can give the right answers to the one 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 take advantage of poor people just because they are poor. Don't beat down those who are in need by taking them to court. 22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,
23 The LORD will stand up for them in court. He will take back the stolen goods from those who have robbed them. 23 for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.
24 Don't be a friend with anyone who burns with anger. Don't go around with a person who gets angry easily. 24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered,
25 You might learn his habits. And then you will be trapped by them. 25 or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.
26 Don't agree to pay for what someone else owes. 26 Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;
27 Don't put up money for him. If you don't have the money to pay, your bed will be taken right out from under you! 27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
28 Don't move old boundary stones that your people set up long ago. 28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your forefathers.
29 Do you see a man who does good work? He will serve kings. He won't serve ordinary people. 29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.