Provérbios 22

1 A [good] name [is] rather to be chosen than great riches, [and] loving favour rather than silver and gold.

2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD [is] the maker of them all.

3 A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

4 The rewarde of humilitie, and the feare of God is riches, and glory, and life.

5 Thornes and snares are in the way of the frowarde: but he that regardeth his soule, will depart farre 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 ruleth the poore, and the borower is seruant to the man that lendeth.

8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

10 Cast out the scorner, and strife shal go out: so contention and reproche shall cease.

11 He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king [shall be] his friend.

12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

13 The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion outside, I shall be slain in the streets.

14 The mouth of strange women [is] a deep pit: he that is abhorred by the LORD shall fall in it.

15 Foolishness [is] bound in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

16 Hee that oppresseth the poore to increase him selfe, and giueth vnto the riche, shall surely come to pouertie.

17 Incline thine eare, and heare the wordes of the wise, and apply thine heart vnto my knowledge.

18 For it shalbe pleasant, if thou keepe them in thy bellie, and if they be directed together in thy lippes.

19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.

20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

21 That I might shewe thee the assurance of the wordes of trueth to answere the wordes of trueth to them that sende to thee?

22 Robbe not the poore, because hee is poore, neither oppresse the afflicted in iudgement.

23 For the Lord will defende their cause, and spoyle the soule of those that spoyle them.

24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:

25 Least thou learne his wayes, and receiue destruction to thy soule.

26 Be not thou [one] of them that strike hands, [or] of them that are sureties for debts.

27 If thou hast nothing to paye, why causest thou that he should take thy bed from vnder thee?

28 Thou shalt not remooue the ancient bounds which thy fathers haue made.

29 Thou seest that a diligent man in his businesse standeth before Kings, and standeth not before the base sort.