Proverbs 22 NIV

1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.1

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2 Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.2

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3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge,3 but the simple keep going and suffer for it.4

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4 Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor5 and life.6

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5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares,7 but he who guards his soul stays far from them.

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6 Traina8 a child in the way he should go,9 and when he is old he will not turn from it.10

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    • a 22:6 - Or "Start"
      7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
      8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble,11 and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.12

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      9 A generous man will himself be blessed,13 for he shares his food with the poor.14

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      10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.15

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      11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.16

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      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!"17 or, "I will be murdered in the streets!"

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      14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit;18 he who is under the LORD's wrath will fall into it.19

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      15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.20

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      16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.

      Sayings of the Wise

      17 Pay attention21 and listen to the sayings of the wise;22 apply your heart to what I teach,23

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      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 may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
      20 Have I not written thirtyb sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,

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        • b 22:20 - Or "not formerly written"; or "not written excellent"
          21 teaching you true and reliable words,24 so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you?

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          22 Do not exploit the poor25 because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,26

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          23 for the LORD will take up their case27 and will plunder those who plunder them.28

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          24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered,
          25 or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.29

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          26 Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge30 or puts up security for debts;

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          27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.31

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          28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone32 set up by your forefathers.

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          29 Do you see a man skilled33 in his work? He will serve34 before kings;35 he will not serve before obscure men.

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