A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.1
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Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.2
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A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge,3 but the simple keep going and suffer for it.4
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Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor5 and life.6
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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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Train8 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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The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
He who sows wickedness reaps trouble,11 and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.12
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A generous man will himself be blessed,13 for he shares his food with the poor.14
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Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.15
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He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.16
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The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside!"17 or, "I will be murdered in the streets!"
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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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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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He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.
Pay attention21 and listen to the sayings of the wise;22 apply your heart to what I teach,23
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for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
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teaching you true and reliable words,24 so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you?
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Do not exploit the poor25 because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,26
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for the LORD will take up their case27 and will plunder those who plunder them.28
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Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered,
or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.29
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Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge30 or puts up security for debts;
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if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.31
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Do not move an ancient boundary stone32 set up by your forefathers.
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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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