Proverbs 22:1-29 NIV

Proverbs 22:1-29 NIV [1] A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. [2] Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all. [3] The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. [4] Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. [5] In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them. [6] Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. [7] The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. [8] Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken. [9] The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. [10] Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended. [11] One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend. [12] The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful. [13] The sluggard says, "There's a lion outside! I'll be killed in the public square!" [14] The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the LORD's wrath falls into it. [15] Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away. [16] One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich-both come to poverty. [17] Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, [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 thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, [21] teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve? [22] Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, [23] for the LORD will take up their case and will exact life for life. [24] Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, [25] or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared. [26] Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; [27] if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you. [28] Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors. [29] Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.

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