Proverbs

Proverbs 22 ©

Various observations of moral virtues and their contrary vices.

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

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The brich and poor meet together: cthe LORD is the maker of them all.

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A dprudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: ebut the simple pass on, and are punished.

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2By fhumility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

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gThorns and snares are in the way of the *froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

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3Train up a child 4in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

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The hrich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant 5to the lender.

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He ithat soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: 6and the rod of his anger shall fail.

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7He jthat hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for khe giveth of his bread to the poor.

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lCast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

l Ps. 101.5; 1.1. Ge. 21.9. ch. 24.9.
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He mthat loveth pureness of heart, 8for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

12

The neyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth 9the words of the transgressor.

13

The oslothful man saith, There is a lion *without, I shall be slain in the streets.

14

The pmouth of *strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.

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qFoolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but rthe rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

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He sthat oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall tsurely come to want.

t ch. 28.22.
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uBow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.

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For it is va pleasant thing if thou keep them 10within thee; they shall *withal be fitted in thy lips.

19

That wthy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, 11even to thee.

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xHave 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 12to them that send unto thee?

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yRob not the poor, because he is poor: zneither oppress the afflicted ain the gate:

y v.16.
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For bthe LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

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

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dLest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

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eBe not thou one of them that *strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.

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If fthou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

f Ex. 22.26. 2Ki. 4.1. ch. 20.16.
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gRemove not the ancient 13landmark, which thy fathers have set.

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Seest thou ha man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before 14*mean men.