Proverbs, Chapter 22

22:1 A [good] name is rather to be chosen than great riches, [And] loving favor rather than silver and gold.
22:2 The rich and the poor meet together: Yahweh is the maker of them all.
22:3 A prudent man sees the evil, and hides himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it.
22:4 The reward of humility [and] the fear of Yahweh [Is] riches, and honor, and life.
22:5 Thorns [and] snares are in the way of the perverse: He who keeps his soul will be far from them.
22:7 The rich rules over the poor; And the borrower is slave to the lender.
22:8 He who sows iniquity will reap calamity; And the rod of his wrath will fail.
22:9 He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed; For he gives of his bread to the poor.
22:10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will go out; Yes, strife and ignominy will cease.
22:11 He who loves pureness of heart, [For] the grace of his lips the king will be his companion.
22:12 The eyes of Yahweh preserve [him who has] knowledge; But he overthrows the words of the betrayer.
22:13 The sluggard says, There is a lion outside: I will be slain in the streets.
22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: He who is abhorred of Yahweh will fall in it.
22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; [But] the rod of correction will drive it far from him.
22:16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his [gain], [And] he who gives to the rich, [will come] only to want.
22:17 Words of the Wise. Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge.
22:18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them inside you, If they are established together on your lips.
22:19 That your trust may be in Yahweh, I have made [them] known to you this day, even to you.
22:20 Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,
22:21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may carry back words of truth to those who send you?
22:22 Don't rob the poor, because he is poor; Neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
22:23 For Yahweh will plead their cause, And despoil of soul those who despoil them.
22:24 Make no friendship with a man who is given to anger; And with a wrathful man you will not go:
22:25 Or else you will learn his ways, And get a snare to your soul.
22:26 Don't be one of those who strikes hands, [Or] of those who are sureties for debts.
22:27 If you have not with which to pay, Why should he take away your bed from under you?
22:28 Don't remove the ancient landmark, Which your fathers have set.
22:29 Do you see a man diligent in his business? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before mean men.

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