NASB — Proverbs 22 — KJV

On Life and Conduct

  1 A a[good] name is to be more desired than great wealth,
  Favor is better than silver and gold.
  2 The rich and the poor Ihave a common bond,
  The LORD is the amaker of them all.
  3 The aprudent sees the evil and hides himself,
  But the Inaive go on, and are punished for it.
  4 The reward of humility [and] the Ifear of the LORD
  Are riches, honor and life.
  5 aThorns [and] snares are in the way of the perverse;
  He who guards himself will be far from them.
  6 aTrain up a child Iin the way he should go,
  Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
  7 The arich rules over the poor,
  And the borrower [becomes] the lender’s slave.
  8 He who asows iniquity will reap vanity,
  And the brod of his fury will perish.
  9 He who Iis agenerous will be blessed,
  For he bgives some of his food to the poor.
  10 aDrive out the scoffer, and contention will go out,
  Even strife and dishonor will cease.
  11 He who loves apurity of heart
  [And] Iwhose speech is bgracious, the king is his friend.
  12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge,
  But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.
  13 The asluggard says, “There is a lion outside;
  I will be killed in the streets!”
  14 The mouth of Iaan adulteress is a deep pit;
  He who is bcursed of the LORD will fall IIinto it.
  15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
  The arod of discipline will remove it far from him.
  16 He awho oppresses the poor to make Imore for himself
  Or who gives to the rich, b[will] only [come to] poverty.

[1] aPv 10:7; Ec 7:1
[2] ILit meet together aJb 31:15; Pv 14:31
[3] ILit simple aPv 14:16; 27:12; Is 26:20
[4] IOr reverence
[5] aPv 15:19
[6] ILit according to his way aEp 6:4
[7] aPv 18:23; Jm 2:6
[8] aJb 4:8 bPs 125:3
[9] ILit has a good eye aPv 19:17; 2Co 9:6 bLk 14:13
[10] aGn 21:9, 10; Pv 18:6; 26:20
[11] ILit has grace on his lips aPs 24:4; Mt 5:8 bPv 14:35; 16:13
[13] aPv 26:13
[14] ILit strange woman IILit there aPv 2:16; 5:3; 7:5; 23:27 bEc 7:26
[15] aPv 13:24; 23:14
[16] ILit much aEc 5:8; Jm 2:13 bPv 28:22

  17aIncline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
  And apply your mind to my knowledge;
  18 For it will be apleasant if you keep them within you,
  IThat they may be ready on your lips.
  19 So that your atrust may be in the LORD,
  I have Itaught you today, even you.
  20 Have I not written to you Iaexcellent things
  Of counsels and knowledge,
  21 To make you aknow the Icertainty of the words of truth
  That you may IIbcorrectly answer him who sent you?

[17] aPv 5:1
[18] ILit They together aPv 2:10
[19] ILit made you know aPv 3:5
[20] IOr previous aPv 8:6
[21] ILit truth IILit return to words of truth aLk 1:3, 4 bPv 25:13; 1P 3:15

  22aDo not rob the poor because he is poor,
  Or bcrush the afflicted at the gate;
  23 For the LORD will aplead their case
  And Itake the life of those who rob them.

[22] aEx 23:6; Jb 31:16; Pv 22:16 bZc 7:10; Mal 3:5
[23] ILit rob the soul a1S 25:39; Ps 12:5; 35:10; 140:12; Pv 23:11; Jr 51:36

  24 ¶ Do not associate with a man [given] to anger;
  Or go with a ahot-tempered man,
  25 Or you will alearn his ways
  And Ifind a snare for yourself.

[24] aPv 29:22
[25] ILit take a1Co 15:33

  26 ¶ Do not be among those who agive Ipledges,
  Among those who become guarantors for debts.
  27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
  Why should he atake your bed from under you?

[26] ILit strike hands aPv 17:18
[27] aEx 22:26; Pv 20:16

  28aDo not move the ancient boundary
  Which your fathers have set.

[28] aDt 19:14; 27:17; Jb 24:2; Pv 23:10

  29 ¶ Do you see a man skilled in his work?
  He will astand before kings;
  He will not stand before obscure men.

[29] aGn 41:46; 1K 10:8


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

1 ¶ A [good] name [is] rather to be chosen than great riches, [and] loving favour rather than silver and gold. 2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD [is] the maker of them all. 3 A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. 4 By humility [and] the fear of the LORD [are] riches, and honour, and life. 5 Thorns [and] snares [are] in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them. 6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower [is] servant to the lender. 8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail. 9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. 10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife 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 strange 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 oppresseth the poor to increase his [riches, 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 words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee? 22 Rob not the poor, because he [is] poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: 23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. 24 Make no friendship with an angry 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 strike hands, [or] of them that are sureties for debts. 27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee? 28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set. 29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean [men].

[1] 1K 1:47; Ec 7:1; Lk 10:20; Ac 7:10; Php 4:3; He 11:39.
[2] 1S 2:7; Jb 31:15; 34:19; Ps 49:1; Pv 14:31; 29:13; Lk 16:19; 1Co 12:21; Jm 2:2.
[3] Ex 9:20; Pv 7:7, 22; 9:16; 14:16; 27:12; 29:1; Is 26:20; Mt 24:15; 1Th 5:2; He 6:18; 11:7.
[4] Ps 34:9; 112:1; Pv 3:16; 21:21; Is 33:6; 57:15; Mt 6:33; 1Ti 4:8; Jm 4:6, 10.
[5] Jsh 23:13; Jb 18:8; Ps 11:6; 18:26; 91:1; Pv 13:3, 15; 15:19; 16:17; 19:16; 1Jn 5:18; Jde 1:20.
[6] Gn 18:19; Dt 4:9; 6:7; 1S 1:28; 2:26; 12:2; Ps 78:3; Ep 6:4; 2Ti 3:15.
[7] 2K 4:1; Ne 5:4; Pv 14:31; 18:23; 22:16, 22; Is 24:2; Am 2:6; 4:1; 5:11; 8:4, 6; Mt 18:25; Jm 2:6; 5:1, 4.
[8] Jb 4:8; Ps 125:3; Pv 14:3; Is 9:4; 10:5; 14:29; 30:31; Ho 8:7; 10:13; Ga 6:7.
[9] Dt 15:7; 28:56; Jb 31:16; Ps 41:1; 112:9; Pv 11:25; 19:17; 21:13; Ec 11:1; Is 32:8; 58:7; Mt 20:15; 25:34; Mk 7:22; Lk 6:35; Ac 20:35; 2Co 8:1; 9:6; 1Ti 6:18; He 6:10; 13:16; 1P 4:9.
[10] Gn 21:9; Ne 4:1; 13:28; Ps 101:5; Pv 21:24; 26:20; Mt 18:17; 1Co 5:5, 13.
[11] Gn 41:39; Ezr 7:6; Ne 2:4; Es 10:3; Ps 45:2; 101:6; Pv 16:13; Dn 2:46; 3:30; 6:20; Mt 5:8; Lk 4:22.
[12] 2Ch 16:9; Jb 5:12; Is 59:19; Mt 16:16; Ac 5:39; 8:9; 12:23; 13:8; 2Th 2:8; 2Ti 3:8; Rv 11:3; 12:14.
[13] Nu 13:32; Pv 15:19; 26:13.
[14] Dt 32:19; Jg 16:20; Ne 13:26; Ps 81:12; Pv 2:16; 5:3; 6:24; 7:5; 23:27; Ec 7:26.
[15] Jb 14:4; Ps 51:5; Pv 13:24; 19:18; 23:13; 29:15, 17; Jn 3:6; Ep 2:3; He 12:10.
[16] Jb 20:19; Ps 12:5; Pv 14:31; 22:22; 28:3; Mi 2:2; Zc 7:9; Lk 6:33; 14:12; 16:24; Jm 2:13; 5:1.
[17] Ps 90:12; Pv 1:3; 2:2; 3:1; 4:4; 5:1; 8:33; 23:12; Ec 7:25; 8:9, 16; Is 55:3; Mt 17:5.
[18] Jb 32:18; Ps 19:10; 119:13, 103, 111, 162, 171; Pv 2:10; 3:17; 8:6; 10:13, 21; 15:7; 16:21; 24:13; 25:11; Jr 15:16; Mal 2:7; Jn 7:38; He 13:15.
[19] Ps 62:8; Pv 3:5; Is 12:2; 26:4; Jr 17:7; 1P 1:21.
[20] Ps 12:6; Pv 8:6; Ho 8:12; 2Ti 3:15; 2P 1:19.
[21] Lk 1:3; Jn 20:31; 1P 3:15; 1Jn 5:13.
[22] Ex 23:6; Jb 29:12; 31:16, 21; Pv 22:16; 23:10; Ezk 22:29; Zc 7:10; Mal 3:5.
[23] 1S 24:12, 15; 25:39; Ps 12:5; 35:1, 10; 43:1; 68:5; 140:12; Pv 23:11; Is 33:1; Jr 50:34; 51:36; Mi 7:9; Hab 2:8; Mal 3:5.
[24] Pv 21:24; 29:22; 2Co 6:14.
[25] Ps 106:35; Pv 13:20; 1Co 15:33.
[26] Pv 6:1; 11:15; 17:18; 27:13.
[27] Ex 22:26; 2K 4:1; Pv 20:16.
[28] Dt 19:14; 27:17; Jb 24:2; Pv 23:10.
[29] 1K 11:28; Pv 10:4; 12:24; Ec 9:10; Mt 25:21, 23; Ro 12:11; 2Ti 4:2.


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