Proverbs 22; Proverbs 23

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Proverbs 22

1 A good reputation is better than much wealth; high esteem is better than silver and gold.
2 The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD made them both.
3 Prudent people see trouble and hide, while the simpleminded go right to it and get punished.
4 The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD is wealth, honor, and life.
5 Thorns and nets are in the path of the crooked; those who guard their lives keep their distance.
6 Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won't depart from it.
7 The wealthy rule over the poor; a borrower is a slave to a lender.
8 Those who sow injustice will harvest evil; the rod of their fury will come to an end.
9 Happy are generous people, because they give some of their food to the poor.
10 Remove the mocker and conflict disappears; judgment and shame also stop.
11 Those who love a pure heart— their speech is gracious, and the king is their friend.
12 The LORD's eyes protect knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the treacherous.
13 A lazy person says, "There's a lion in the street! I'll be killed in the town square!"
14 The mouth of a mysterious woman is a deep pit; those under the LORD's wrath will fall in it.
15 Folly is bound up in a child's heart; the rod of discipline removes it.
16 Oppressing the poor to get rich and giving to the wealthy lead only to poverty.
17 Turn your ear and hear the words of the wise; focus your mind on my knowledge.
18 It will be pleasant if you keep the words in you, if you have them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust will be in the LORD, I'm teaching you today—yes, you.
20 Haven't I written for you thirty sayings full of advice and knowledge?
21 Their purpose is to teach you true, reliable words, so you can report back reliably to those who sent you.
22 Don't steal from the poor, because they are poor. Don't oppress the needy in the gate.
23 The LORD will take up their case and press the life out of those who oppress them.
24 Don't befriend people controlled by anger; don't associate with hot-tempered people;
25 otherwise, you will learn their ways and become trapped.
26 Don't shake hands to guarantee a loan.
27 If you can't repay, why should they be able to take your bed from you?
28 Don't remove an ancient boundary marker that your ancestors established.
29 Do you see people who work skillfully? They will work for kings but not work for lowly people.

Proverbs 23

1 When you sit down to dine with a ruler, carefully consider what is in front of you.
2 Place a knife at your throat to control your appetite.
3 Don't long for the ruler's delicacies; the food misleads.
4 Don't wear yourself out trying to get rich; be smart enough to stop.
5 When your eyes fly to wealth it is gone; it grows wings like an eagle and flies heavenward.
6 Don't eat food with stingy people; don't long for their delicacies,
7 because they are like a hair in the throat. They say to you, "Eat and drink!" but they don't mean it.
8 You will eat scraps and vomit them out. You will waste your pleasant words.
9 Don't speak in the ears of fools, for they will scorn your insightful words.
10 Don't remove an ancient boundary marker; don't invade the fields of orphans,
11 for their redeemer is strong. He will bring charges against you.
12 Bring your mind to instruction, your ear to knowledgeable sayings.
13 Don't withhold instruction from children; if you strike them with a rod, they won't die.
14 Strike them with a rod, and you will save their lives from the grave.
15 My child, if your heart is wise, then my heart too will be happy.
16 My inner being will rejoice when your lips speak with integrity.
17 Don't let your heart envy sinners, but fear the LORD constantly;
18 then you will have a future, and your hope won't be cut off.
19 Listen, my child, and be wise! Keep your mind straight on the path.
20 Don't hang out with those who get drunk on wine or those who eat too much meat,
21 because drunks and gluttons will be impoverished; their stupor will clothe them in rags.
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life; don't despise your elderly mother.
23 Buy truth and don't sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous will be very happy; the one who gives life to the wise will rejoice.
25 Your father and your mother will rejoice; she who gave you birth will be happy.
26 My child, give your mind to me and let your eyes keep to my path.
27 A prostitute is a deep pit, and a foreign woman is a narrow well.
28 Indeed, she ambushes like a robber and increases the number of the faithless.
29 Who is suffering? Who is uneasy? Who has arguments? Who has complaints? Who has unnecessary wounds? Who has glazed eyes?—
30 those who linger over wine; those who go looking for mixed wine.
31 Don't look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, going down smoothly.
32 In the end, it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will speak distorted words.
34 You will be like one who lies down while out on the sea or one who lies on top of a mast.
35 "Though hit, I feel no pain; though beaten up, I don't know anything about it. When I wake up, I'll look for wine again!"