Proverbs 22

Chapter 22

A good name is better than riches—Train up a child in the way he should go.

1 A good aname is rather to be chosen than great briches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

2 The arich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.

3 A aprudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

4 By ahumility and the bfear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the afroward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

6 aTrain up a bchild in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

7 The arich ruleth over the poor, and the bborrower is cservant to the lender.

8 He that asoweth iniquity shall breap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his abread to the bpoor.

10 Cast out the scorner, and acontention shall go out; yea, bstrife and reproach shall cease.

11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

14 The mouth of astrange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.

15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

16 He that aoppresseth the poor to increase his briches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.

18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.

19 That thy trust may be in the Lord, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.

20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the awords of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?

22 Rob not the apoor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

23 For the Lord will aplead their bcause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

24 Make no afriendship with an bangry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:

25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

26 Be not thou one of them that astrike hands, or of them that are bsureties for debts.

27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

28 Remove not the ancient alandmark, which thy fathers have set.

29 Seest thou a man adiligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before bmean men.