Proverbs 22:17-27 NIV

Sayings of the Wise

17 Pay attention1 and listen to the sayings of the wise;2 apply your heart to what I teach,3

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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 thirtya 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,4 so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you?

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      22 Do not exploit the poor5 because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,6

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      23 for the LORD will take up their case7 and will plunder those who plunder them.8

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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.9

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      26 Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge10 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.11

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