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Proverbs 22 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Choose a good reputation over great riches, for being held in high esteem 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 rich and the poor have this in common: The LORD made them both. 2 Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.
3 A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. 3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
4 True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life. 4 Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.
5 The deceitful walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will stay away. 5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.
6 Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it. 6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
7 Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender. 7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 Those who plant seeds of injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will end. 8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
9 Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor. 9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
10 Throw out the mocker, and fighting, quarrels, and insults will disappear. 10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
11 Anyone who loves a pure heart and gracious speech is the king's friend. 11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
12 The LORD preserves knowledge, but he ruins the plans of the deceitful. 12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The lazy person is full of excuses, saying, "If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!" 13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside!" or, "I will be murdered in the streets!"
14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; those living under the LORD's displeasure 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 youngster's heart is filled with foolishness, but discipline will drive it away. 15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
16 A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty. 16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.
17 Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction. 17 Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
18 For it is good to keep these sayings deep within yourself, always 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 I am teaching you today -- yes, you -- so you will trust in the LORD. 19 So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
20 I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge. 20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 In this way, you may know the truth and bring an accurate report 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 Do not rob the poor because they are poor or exploit the needy in court. 22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,
23 For the LORD is their defender. He will injure anyone who injures them. 23 for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.
24 Keep away from angry, short-tempered people, 24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered,
25 or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul. 25 or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.
26 Do not co-sign another person's note or put up a guarantee for someone else's loan. 26 Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;
27 If you can't pay it, even your bed will be snatched from under you. 27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
28 Do not steal your neighbor's property by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by your ancestors. 28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your forefathers.
29 Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than ordinary people. 29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.