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Proverbs 22

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