Proverbs 22,23 - On Life and Conduct

Proverbs 22

On Life and Conduct

1 A good name is to be more desired

than great wealth,

Favor is better than silver and gold.

2 The rich and the poor have a common


The LORD is the maker of them all.

3 The prudent sees the evil and hides


But the naive go on, and are punished

for it.

4 The reward of humility and the fear

of the LORD

Are riches, honor and life.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of

the perverse;

He who guards himself will be far from


6 Train up a child in the way he should go,

Even when he is old he will not depart

from it.

7 The rich rules over the poor,

And the borrower becomes the lender's


8 He who sows iniquity will reap vanity,

And the rod of his fury will perish.

9 He who is generous will be blessed,

For he gives some of his food to the poor.

10 Drive out the scoffer, and contention

will go out,

Even strife and dishonor will cease.

11 He who loves purity of heart

And whose speech is gracious, the king

is his friend.

12 The eyes of the LORD preserve


But He overthrows the words of the

treacherous man.

13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion


I will be killed in the streets!"

14 The mouth of an adulteress is a

deep pit;

He who is cursed of the LORD will fall

into it.

15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart

of a child;

The rod of discipline will remove it far

from him.

16 He who oppresses the poor to make

more for himself

Or who gives to the rich, will only come

to poverty.

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of

the wise,

And apply your mind to my knowledge;

18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them

within you,

That they may be ready on your lips.

19 So that your trust may be in the LORD,

I have taught you today, even you.

20 Have I not written to you excellent things

Of counsels and knowledge,

21 To make you know the certainty of the

words of truth

That you may correctly answer him who sent


22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor,

Or crush the afflicted at the gate;

23 For the LORD will plead their case

And take the life of those who rob them.

24 Do not associate with a man given to anger;

Or go with a hot-tempered man,

25 Or you will learn his ways

And find a snare for yourself.

26 Do not be among those who give pledges,

Among those who become guarantors for


27 If you have nothing with which to pay,

Why should he take your bed from under you?

28 Do not move the ancient boundary

Which your fathers have set.

29 Do you see a man skilled in his work?

He will stand before kings;

He will not stand before obscure men.

Proverbs 23

On Life and Conduct

1 When you sit down to dine with a ruler,

Consider carefully what is before you,

2 And put a knife to your throat

If you are a man of great appetite.

3 Do not desire his delicacies,

For it is deceptive food.

4 Do not weary yourself to gain wealth,

Cease from your consideration of it.

5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.

For wealth certainly makes itself wings

Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.

6 Do not eat the bread of a selfish man,

Or desire his delicacies;

7 For as he thinks within himself, so he is.

He says to you, "Eat and drink!"

But his heart is not with you.

8 You will vomit up the morsel you have


And waste your compliments.

9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,

For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

10 Do not move the ancient boundary

Or go into the fields of the fatherless,

11 For their Redeemer is strong;

He will plead their case against you.

12 Apply your heart to discipline

And your ears to words of knowledge.

13 Do not hold back discipline from the child,

Although you strike him with the rod,

he will not die.

14 You shall strike him with the rod

And rescue his soul from Sheol.

15 My son, if your heart is wise,

My own heart also will be glad;

16 And my inmost being will rejoice

When your lips speak what is right.

17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,

But live in the fear of the LORD always.

18 Surely there is a future,

And your hope will not be cut off.

19 Listen, my son, and be wise,

And direct your heart in the way.

20 Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine,

Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;

21 For the heavy drinker and the glutton

will come to poverty,

And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.

22 Listen to your father who begot you,

And do not despise your mother when she

is old.

23 Buy truth, and do not sell it,

Get wisdom and instruction and under-


24 The father of the righteous will greatly


And he who sires a wise son will be glad

in him.

25 Let your father and your mother be glad,

And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.

26 Give me your heart, my son,

And let your eyes delight in my ways.

27 For a harlot is a deep pit

And an adulterous woman is a narrow well.

28 Surely she lurks as a robber,

And increases the faithless among men.

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?

Who has contentions? Who has complaining?

Who has wounds without cause?

Who has redness of eyes?

30 Those who linger long over wine,

Those who go to taste mixed wine.

31 Do not look on the wine when it is red,

When it sparkles in the cup,

When it goes down smoothly;

32 At the last it bites like a serpent

And stings like a viper.

33 Your eyes will see strange things

And your mind will utter perverse things.

34 And you will be like one who lies down

in the middle of the sea,

Or like one who lies down on the top of

a mast.

35 "They struck me, but I did not become ill;

They beat me, but I did not know it.

When shall I awake?

I will seek another drink."

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