Proverbs 22

NSB(i) 1 A good name is better than great riches, and loving favor is better than silver and gold. 2 The rich and the poor meet together (are alike) (have a common bond) for Jehovah created them both. 3 A prudent man sees evil and takes refuge. The simple (fool) (inexperienced) keep going and suffers. 4 Respect for Jehovah and humility bring riches and honor and life. 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the wicked. He who guards his life will stay far away 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 rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. 8 He who sows unrighteousness will reap vanity. The rod of his anger will fail. 9 He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed for he gives of his bread to the poor. 10 Throw out the scoffer and contention will go away, yes, strife and reproach will cease. 11 He who loves pureness of heart, for the charm of his lips the king will be his friend. 12 The eyes of Jehovah preserve knowledge. He overthrows the words of the unfaithful. 13 The lazy man says: »There is a lion outside. I will be killed in the streets.« 14 The mouth of the adulterous is a deep pit. The one who is cursed by Jehovah will fall into it. 15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child. The rod of discipline (instruction) will drive it far from him. 16 He who gets ahead by oppressing the poor and giving to the rich will certainly suffer loss. 17 Incline your ear and listen to the words of the wise. Apply your heart and mind to my knowledge. 18 It is pleasant that you keep them within you. They will be firmly established on you lips. 19 Your trust may be in Jehovah. I taught you today, even you. 20 Have I not written to you excellent things in counsel and knowledge? 21 I make you know the certainty of the words of truth. And you will answer the words of truth to those who speak to you. 22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate. 23 Jehovah will plead their cause and take the life of those who rob them. 24 Do not befriend an angry man. Do not associate with a man who throws fits. 25 If you do you will learn his ways and you will become trapped. 26 Do not give pledges and be guarantors for debts. 27 If you have nothing to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you? 28 Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set. 29 Do you see a man diligent in his business? He will stand before kings. He will not stand before unknown men.