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Proverbs 22 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:1 - A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and favor is better than silver or gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:2 - The rich and the poor meet together;
the LORD is the Maker of them all.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:3 - The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but the simple go on and suffer for it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:4 - The reward for humility and fear of the LORD
is riches and honor and life.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:5 - Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked;
whoever guards his soul will keep far from them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:7 - The rich rules over the poor,
and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:8 - Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
and the rod of his fury will fail.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:9 - Whoever has a bountiful[fn] eye will be blessed,
for he shares his bread with the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:10 - Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out,
and quarreling and abuse will cease.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:11 - He who loves purity of heart,
and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:12 - The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge,
but he overthrows the words of the traitor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:13 - The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!
I shall be killed in the streets!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:14 - The mouth of forbidden[fn] women is a deep pit;
he with whom the LORD is angry will fall into it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:15 - Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:16 - Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth,
or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Words of the Wise

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:17 - Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise,
and apply your heart to my knowledge,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:18 - for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
if all of them are ready on your lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:19 - That your trust may be in the LORD,
I have made them known to you today, even to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:20 - Have I not written for you thirty sayings
of counsel and knowledge,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:21 - to make you know what is right and true,
that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:22 - Do not rob the poor, because he is poor,
or crush the afflicted at the gate,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:23 - for the LORD will plead their cause
and rob of life those who rob them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:24 - Make no friendship with a man given to anger,
nor go with a wrathful man,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:25 - lest you learn his ways
and entangle yourself in a snare.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:26 - Be not one of those who give pledges,
who put up security for debts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:27 - If you have nothing with which to pay,
why should your bed be taken from under you?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:28 - Do not move the ancient landmark
that your fathers have set.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:29 - Do you see a man skillful in his work?
He will stand before kings;
he will not stand before obscure men.
ESV Footnotes
Or The reward for humility is the fear of the LORD, riches and honor and life
Hebrew good
Hebrew strange

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