Proverbs 22; Proverbs 23

1 Being respected is more important than having great riches. To be well thought of is better than silver or gold. 2 The rich and the poor are alike in that the Lord made them all. 3 The wise see danger ahead and avoid it, but fools keep going and get into trouble. 4 Respecting the Lord and not being proud will bring you wealth, honor, and life. 5 Evil people's lives are like paths covered with thorns and traps. People who guard themselves don't have such problems. 6 Train children how to live right, and when they are old, they will not change. 7 The rich rule over the poor, and borrowers are servants to lenders. 8 Those who plan evil will receive trouble. Their cruel anger will come to an end. 9 Generous people will be blessed, because they share their food with the poor. 10 Get rid of the one who makes fun of wisdom. Then fighting, quarrels, and insults will stop. 11 Whoever loves pure thoughts and kind words will have even the king as a friend. 12 The Lord guards knowledge, but he destroys false words. 13 The lazy person says, "There's a lion outside! I might get killed out in the street!" 14 The words of an unfaithful wife are like a deep trap. Those who make the Lord angry will get caught by them. 15 Every child is full of foolishness, but punishment can get rid of it. 16 Whoever gets rich by mistreating the poor, and gives presents to the wealthy, will become poor. 17 Listen carefully to what wise people say; pay attention to what I am teaching you. 18 It will be good to keep these things in mind so that you are ready to repeat them. 19 I am teaching them to you now so that you will put your trust in the Lord. 20 I have written thirty sayings for you, which give knowledge and good advice. 21 I am teaching you true and reliable words so that you can give true answers to anyone who asks. 22 Do not abuse poor people because they are poor, and do not take away the rights of the needy in court. 23 The Lord will defend them in court and will take the life of those who take away their rights. 24 Don't make friends with quick-tempered people or spend time with those who have bad tempers. 25 If you do, you will be like them. Then you will be in real danger. 26 Don't promise to pay what someone else owes, and don't guarantee anyone's loan. 27 If you cannot pay the loan, your own bed may be taken right out from under you. 28 Don't move an old stone that marks a border, because those stones were set up by your ancestors. 29 Do you see people skilled in their work? They will work for kings, not for ordinary people.
1 If you sit down to eat with a ruler, notice the food that is in front of you. 2 Control yourself if you have a big appetite. 3 Don't be greedy for his fine foods, because that food might be a trick. 4 Don't wear yourself out trying to get rich; be wise enough to control yourself 5 Wealth can vanish in the wink of an eye. It can seem to grow wings and fly away like an eagle. 6 Don't eat the food of selfish people; don't be greedy for their fine foods. 7 Selfish people are always worrying about how much the food costs. They tell you, "Eat and drink," but they don't really mean it. 8 You will throw up the little you have eaten, and you will have wasted your kind words. 9 Don't speak to fools; they will only ignore your wise words. 10 Don't move an old stone that marks a border, and don't take fields that belong to orphans. 11 God, their defender, is strong; he will take their side against you. 12 Remember what you are taught, and listen carefully to words of knowledge. 13 Don't fail to punish children. If you spank them, they won't die. 14 If you spank them, you will save them from death 15 My child, if you are wise, then I will be happy. 16 I will be so pleased if you speak what is right. 17 Don't envy sinners, but always respect the Lord. 18 Then you will have hope for the future, and your wishes will come true. 19 Listen, my child, and be wise. Keep your mind on what is right 20 Don't drink too much wine or eat too much food. 21 Those who drink and eat too much become poor. They sleep too much and end up wearing rags 22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not forget your mother when she is old. 23 Learn the truth and never reject it. Get wisdom, self-control, and understanding. 24 The father of a good child is very happy; parents who have wise children are glad because of them. 25 Make your father and mother happy; give your mother a reason to be glad. 26 My son, pay attention to me, and watch closely what I do. 27 A prostitute is as dangerous as a deep pit, and an unfaithful wife is like a narrow well. 28 They ambush you like robbers and cause many men to be unfaithful to their wives. 29 Who has trouble? Who has pain? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? 30 It is people who drink too much wine, who try out all different kinds of strong drinks. 31 Don't stare at the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly. 32 Later it bites like a snake with poison in its fangs. 33 Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will be confused. 34 You will feel dizzy as if you're in a storm on the ocean, as if you're on top of a ship's sails. 35 You will think, "They hit me, but I'm not hurt. They beat me up, but I don't remember it. I wish I could wake up. Then I would get another drink."