Proverbs 22 CEBA/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A good reputation is better than much wealth; high esteem is better than silver and 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 Prudent people see trouble and hide, while the simpleminded go right to it and get punished. 3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
4 The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD is wealth, honor, and life. 4 Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.
5 Thorns and nets are in the path of the crooked; those who guard their lives keep their distance. 5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.
6 Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won't depart from it. 6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
7 The wealthy rule over the poor; a borrower is a slave to a lender. 7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 Those who sow injustice will harvest evil; the rod of their fury will come to an end. 8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
9 Happy are generous people, because they give some of their food to the poor. 9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
10 Remove the mocker and conflict disappears; judgment and shame also stop. 10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
11 Those who love a pure heart— their speech is gracious, and the king is their friend. 11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
12 The LORD's eyes protect knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the treacherous. 12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 A lazy person says, "There's a lion in the street! I'll be killed in the town square!" 13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside!" or, "I will be murdered in the streets!"
14 The mouth of a mysterious woman is a deep pit; those under the LORD's wrath will fall in it. 14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; he who is under the LORD's wrath will fall into it.
15 Folly is bound up in a child's heart; the rod of discipline removes it. 15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
16 Oppressing the poor to get rich and giving to the wealthy lead only to poverty. 16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.
17 Turn your ear and hear the words of the wise; focus your mind on my knowledge. 17 Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
18 It will be pleasant if you keep the words in you, if you have 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 So that your trust will be in the LORD, I'm teaching you today—yes, you. 19 So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
20 Haven't I written for you thirty sayings full of advice and knowledge? 20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 Their purpose is to teach you true, reliable words, so you can report back reliably 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 steal from the poor, because they are poor. Don't oppress the needy in the gate. 22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,
23 The LORD will take up their case and press the life out of those who oppress them. 23 for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.
24 Don't befriend people controlled by anger; don't associate with hot-tempered people; 24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered,
25 otherwise, you will learn their ways and become trapped. 25 or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.
26 Don't shake hands to guarantee a loan. 26 Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;
27 If you can't repay, why should they be able to take your bed from you? 27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
28 Don't remove an ancient boundary marker that your ancestors established. 28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your forefathers.
29 Do you see people who work skillfully? They will work for kings but not work for lowly people. 29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.