King James VersionProverbs22


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 By hu­mil­i­ty and the fear of the LORD are rich­es, and hon­our, and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far 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 over the poor, and the bor­row­er is ser­vant to the lender.
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 con­tention shall go out; yea, strife and re­proach 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 with­out, I shall be slain in the streets.
14 The mouth of strange wom­en is a deep pit: he that is ab­horred of the LORD shall fall there­in.
15 Fool­ish­ness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of cor­rec­tion shall drive it far from him.
16 He that op­pres­seth the poor to in­crease his rich­es, and he that giveth to the rich, shall sure­ly come to want.
17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and ap­ply thine heart unto my knowl­edge.
18 For it is a pleas­ant thing if thou keep them with­in thee; they shall with­al be fit­ted in thy lips.
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 make thee know the cer­tain­ty of the words of truth; that thou might­est an­swer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
22 Rob not the poor, be­cause he is poor: nei­ther op­press the af­flict­ed in the gate:
23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
24 Make no friend­ship with an an­gry man; and with a fu­ri­ous man thou shalt not go:
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
27 If thou hast noth­ing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from un­der thee?
28 Re­move not the an­cient land­mark, which thy fa­thers have set.
29 Seest thou a man dili­gent in his busi­ness? he shall stand be­fore kings; he shall not stand be­fore mean men.