Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 22:1 A good name is better than great riches: and good favour is above silver and gold. Proverbs 22:2 The rich and poor have met one another: the Lord is the maker of them both. Proverbs 22:3 The prudent man saw the evil, and hid himself: the simple passed on, and suffered loss. Proverbs 22:4 The fruit of humility is the fear of the Lord, riches and glory and life. Proverbs 22:5 Arms and swords are in the way of the perverse: but he that keepeth his own soul, departeth far from them. Proverbs 22:6 It is a proverb: A young man according to his way, even when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor: and the borrower is servant to him that lendeth. Proverbs 22:8 He that soweth iniquity, shall reap evils, and with the rod of his anger he shall be consumed. Proverbs 22:9 He that is inclined to mercy, shall be blessed: for of his bread he hath given to the poor. He that maketh presents, shall purchase victory and honour: but he carrieth away the souls of the receivers. Proverbs 22:10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention shall go out with him, and quarrels and reproaches shall cease. Proverbs 22:11 He that loveth cleanness of heart, for the grace of his lips shall have the king for his friend. Proverbs 22:12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge: and the words of the unjust are overthrown. Proverbs 22:13 The slothful man saith: There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the midst of the streets. Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of a strange woman is a deep pit: he whom the Lord is angry with, shall fall into it. Proverbs 22:15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, and the rod of correction shall drive it away. Proverbs 22:16 He that oppresseth the poor, to increase his own riches, shall himself give to one that is richer, and shall be in need. Proverbs 22:17 Incline thy ear, and hear the words of the wise: and apply thy heart to my doctrine: Proverbs 22:18 Which shall be beautiful for thee, if thou keep it in thy bowels, and it shall flow in thy lips: Proverbs 22:19 That thy trust may be in the Lord, wherefore I have also shewn it to thee this day. Proverbs 22:20 Behold I have described it to thee three manner of ways, in thoughts and knowledge: Proverbs 22:21 That I might shew thee the certainty, and the words of truth, to answer out of these to them that sent thee. Proverbs 22:22 Do no violence to the poor, because he is poor: and do not oppress the needy in the gate: Proverbs 22:23 Because the Lord will judge his cause: and will afflict them that have afflicted his soul. Proverbs 22:24 Be not a friend to an angry man, and do not walk with a furious man: Proverbs 22:25 Lest perhaps thou learn his ways, and take scandal to thy soul. Proverbs 22:26 Be not with them that fasten down their hands, and that offer themselves sureties for debts: Proverbs 22:27 For if thou have not wherewith to restore, what cause is there that he should take the covering from thy bed? Proverbs 22:28 Pass not beyond the ancient bounds which thy fathers have set. Proverbs 22:29 Hast thou seen a man swift in his work? he shall stand before kings, and shall not be before those that are obscure.