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Proverbs 22 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:1 - A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:2 - Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:3 - The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:4 - Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:5 - In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:6 - Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:7 - The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:8 - Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:9 - The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:10 - Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:11 - One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:12 - The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:13 - The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:14 - The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the LORD’s wrath falls into it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:15 - Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:16 - One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

Saying 1

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:17 - Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:18 - for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:19 - So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:20 - Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:21 - teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?

Saying 2

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:22 - Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:23 - for the LORD will take up their case and will exact life for life.

Saying 3

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:24 - Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:25 - or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.

Saying 4

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:26 - Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:27 - if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.

Saying 5

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:28 - Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.

Saying 6

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:29 - 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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