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Proverbs 22 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Value of a Good Name
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:1 - A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
Loving favor rather than silver and gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:2 - The rich and the poor have this in common,
The LORD is the maker of them all.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:3 - A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself,
But the simple pass on and are punished.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:4 - By humility and the fear of the LORD
Are riches and honor and life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:5 - Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
He who guards his soul will be far from them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go,
And 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 servant to the lender.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:8 - He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow,
And the rod of his anger will fail.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:9 - He who has a generous eye will be blessed,
For he gives of his bread to the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:10 - Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave;
Yes, strife and reproach will cease.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:11 - He who loves purity of heart
And has grace on his lips,
The king will be his friend.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:12 - The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge,
But He overthrows the words of the faithless.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:13 - The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside!
I shall be slain in the streets!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:14 - The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit;
He who is abhorred by the LORD will fall there.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:15 - Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of correction will drive it far from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:16 - He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches,
And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.
Sayings 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 is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you;
Let them all be fixed upon your lips,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:19 - So that your trust may be in the LORD;
I have instructed you today, even you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:20 - Have I not written to you excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:21 - That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth,
That you may answer words of truth
To those who send to you?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:22 - Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:23 - For the LORD will plead their cause,
And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:24 - Make no friendship with an angry man,
And with a furious man do not go,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:25 - Lest you learn his ways
And set a snare for your soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:26 - Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge,
One of those who is surety for debts;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:27 - If you have nothing with which to pay,
Why should he take away your bed from under you?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:28 - Do not remove the ancient landmark
Which your fathers have set.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:29 - Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before unknown men.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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