English Revised Version

Proverbs 22

Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

Proverbs 22:1 A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, [and] loving favour rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:2 The rich and the poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all. Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and suffer for it. Proverbs 22:4 The reward of humility [and] the fear of the LORD [is] riches, and honour, and life. Proverbs 22:5 Thorns [and] snares are in the way of the froward: he that keepeth his soul shall be far from them. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and 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 the lender. Proverbs 22:8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap calamity: and the rod of his wrath shall fail. Proverbs 22:9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. Proverbs 22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and ignominy shall cease. Proverbs 22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend. Proverbs 22:12 The eyes of the LORD preserve [him that hath] knowledge, but he overthroweth the words of the treacherous man. Proverbs 22:13 The sluggard saith, There is a lion without: I shall be murdered in the streets. Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein. Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. Proverbs 22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his [gain, and] he that giveth to the rich, [cometh] only to want. Proverbs 22:17 Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. Proverbs 22:18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee, if they be established together upon thy lips. Proverbs 22:19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made [them] known to thee this day, even to thee. Proverbs 22:20 Have not I written unto thee excellent things of counsels and knowledge; Proverbs 22:21 To make thee know the certainty of the words of truth, that thou mayest carry back words of truth to them that send thee? Proverbs 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor, neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: Proverbs 22:23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and despoil of life those that despoil them. Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with a man that is given to anger; and with a wrathful man thou shalt not go: Proverbs 22:25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul. Proverbs 22:26 Be thou not one of them that strike hands, [or] of them that are sureties for debts: Proverbs 22:27 If thou hast not wherewith to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee? Proverbs 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set. Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

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