Proverbs 22:1-16 TPT
A beautiful reputation is more to be desired than great riches,
and to be esteemed by others is more honorable
than to own immense investments.
The rich and the poor have one thing in common:
the Lord God created each one.
A prudent person with insight foresees danger coming
and prepares himself for it.
But the senseless rush blindly forward
and suffer the consequences.
Laying your life down in tender surrender before the Lord
will bring life, prosperity, and honor as your reward.
Twisted and perverse lives are surrounded by demonic influence.
If you value your soul, stay far away from them.
Dedicate your children to God
and point them in the way that they should go,
and the values they’ve learned from you will be with them for life.
If you borrow money with interest,
you’ll end up serving the interests of your creditors,
for the rich rule over the poor.
Sin is a seed that brings a harvest;
you’ll reap a heap of trouble with every seed you plant.
For your investment in sins pays a full return—
the full punishment you deserve!
When you are generous to the poor,
you are enriched with blessings in return.
Say goodbye to a troublemaker and you’ll say goodbye
to quarrels, strife, tension, and arguments,
for a troublemaker traffics in shame.
The Lord loves those whose hearts are holy,
and he is the friend of those whose ways are pure.
God passionately watches over
his deep reservoir of revelation-knowledge,
but he subverts the lies of those who pervert the truth.
A slacker always has an excuse for not working—
like “I can’t go to work. There’s a lion outside!
And murderers too!”
Sex with an adulteress is like falling into the abyss.
Those under God’s curse jump right in to their own destruction.
Although rebellion is woven into a young man’s heart,
tough discipline can make him into a man.
There are two kinds of people headed toward poverty:
those who exploit the poor
and those who bribe the rich.
TPT: The Passion Translation