1 A good
name is more desirable than great
to be esteemed is better than silver or
2 Rich and poor have this in common:
The LORD is the Maker of them all.
3 A prudent man sees danger and takes
but the simple keep going and suffer for
4 Humility and the fear of the LORD
bring wealth and honor and life.
5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns
but he who guards his soul stays far
6 Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from
7 The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is servant to the
8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble,
and the rod of his fury will be
9 A generous man will himself be
for he shares his food with the poor.
10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes
quarrels and insults are ended.
11 He who loves a pure heart and whose
speech is gracious
will have the king for his friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over
but he frustrates the words of the
13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion
or, "I will be murdered in the streets!"
14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep
he who is under the LORD's wrath will
fall into it.
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a
but the rod of discipline will drive it
far from him.
16 He who oppresses the poor to increase
and he who gives gifts to the rich—both
come to poverty.
17 Pay attention and listen to the
sayings of the wise;
apply your heart to what I teach,
18 for it is pleasing when you keep them
in your heart
and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the
I teach you today, even you.
20 Have I not written thirty [b] sayings
sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you true and reliable words,
so that you can give sound answers
to him who sent you?
22 Do not exploit the poor because they
and do not crush the needy in court,
23 for the LORD will take up their case
and will plunder those who plunder them.
24 Do not make friends with a
do not associate with one easily
25 or you may learn his ways
and get yourself ensnared.
26 Do not be a man who strikes hands in
or puts up security for debts;
27 if you lack the means to pay,
your very bed will be snatched from
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
set up by your forefathers.
29 Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will serve before kings;
he will not serve before obscure men.
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