Proverbs 22 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than 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 meet together; the LORD is the maker of them all. 2 Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.
3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. 3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
4 The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life. 4 Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far 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 up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not 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 rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. 7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail. 8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor. 9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
10 Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease. 10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
11 He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend. 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 overthrows the words of the traitor. 12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!" 13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside!" or, "I will be murdered in the streets!"
14 The mouth of forbidden women is a deep pit; he with whom the LORD is angry 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 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far 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 Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come 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 Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, 17 Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are 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 That your trust may be in the LORD, I have made them known to you today, even to you. 19 So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
20 Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge, 20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 to make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer 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 he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate, 22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,
23 for the LORD will plead their cause and rob of life those who rob them. 23 for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.
24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, 24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered,
25 lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. 25 or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.
26 Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts. 26 Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;
27 If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you? 27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
28 Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set. 28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your forefathers.
29 Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men. 29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.