1 # [Eccles. 7:1] A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and favor is better than silver or gold.
2 # [ch. 29:13] The rich and the poor meet together;
the Lord is #ch. 14:31; Job 31:15the Maker of them all.
3 # ch. 27:12; [ch. 14:16] The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but the simple go on and suffer for it.
4The reward for humility and fear of the Lord
is #[ch. 21:20, 21]riches and honor and life.#22:4 Or The reward for humility is the fear of the Lord, riches and honor and life
5 # ch. 15:19 Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked;
whoever #ch. 21:23; [1 John 5:18]guards his soul will keep far from them.
Eph. 6:4; 2 Tim. 3:15 Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
The rich rules over the poor,
and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
8Whoever #Job 4:8; [Hos. 10:13] sows injustice will reap calamity,
and #[Isa. 14:6; 30:31]the rod of his fury will fail.
9 # [ch. 19:17; 2 Cor. 9:6] Whoever has a bountiful#22:9 Hebrew good eye will be blessed,
for he #[ch. 19:17; Luke 14:13, 14]shares his bread with the poor.
10 # [Gen. 21:9, 10] Drive out a scoffer, #[ch. 26:20] and strife will go out,
and #ch. 26:20quarreling and abuse will cease.
11He who #[ch. 16:13; Ps. 101:6] loves purity of heart,
and whose #[Eccles. 10:12] speech is gracious, #[ch. 14:35]will have the king as his friend.
12The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
but he #ch. 21:12; [ch. 11:3]overthrows the words of the traitor.
13 # ch. 26:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!
I shall be killed in the streets!”
14The mouth of #See ch. 2:16 forbidden#22:14 Hebrew strange women is #[ch. 23:27] a deep pit;
he with whom the Lord is angry will fall into it.
15Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but #See ch. 13:24the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
16Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth,
or gives to the rich, #ch. 28:22will only come to poverty.
Words of the Wise
17 # ch. 5:1 Incline your ear, and hear #ch. 1:6; 24:23 the words of the wise,
# [ch. 23:12] and apply your heart to my knowledge,
18for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
if all of them are ready on your lips.
19That your trust may be in the Lord,
I have made them known to you today, even to you.
20Have I not written for you #ch. 8:6thirty sayings
of counsel and knowledge,
21to #[Luke 1:3, 4]make you know what is right and true,
that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?
22 # [Ex. 23:6; Zech. 7:10; Mal. 3:5] Do not rob the poor, because he is poor,
or #See Job 5:4 crush the afflicted at #Job 31:21the gate,
23for #ch. 23:11; 1 Sam. 25:39; Ps. 12:5; 35:10; 68:5; 140:12; Jer. 51:36the Lord will plead their cause
and rob of life those who rob them.
24Make no friendship with a man given to anger,
nor go with a wrathful man,
25lest you learn his ways
and entangle yourself in a snare.
26Be not one of those who #See Job 17:3give pledges,
who put up security for debts.
27If you have nothing with which to pay,
why should #[ch. 20:16; Ex. 22:26]your bed be taken from under you?
28Do not move the ancient #ch. 23:10; Deut. 19:14; 27:17; Job 24:2; Hos. 5:10landmark
that your fathers have set.
29Do you see a man skillful in his work?
He will #1 Kgs. 10:8; See Gen. 41:46stand before kings;
he will not stand before obscure men.