Words of the Wise

Proverbs 22

17 p Incline your ear, and hear q the words of the wise,
r and apply your heart to my knowledge,
18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
if all of them are ready on your lips.
19 That your trust may be in the Lord,
I have made them known to you today, even to you.
20 Have I not written for you s thirty sayings
of counsel and knowledge,
21 to t make you know what is right and true,
that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?

22 u Do not rob the poor, because he is poor,
or v crush the afflicted at w the gate,
23 for x the Lord will plead their cause
and rob of life those who rob them.
24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger,
nor go with a wrathful man,
25 lest you learn his ways
and entangle yourself in a snare.
26 Be not one of those who y give pledges,
who put up security for debts.
27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
why should z your bed be taken from under you?
28 Do not move the ancient a landmark
that your fathers have set.
29 Do you see a man skillful in his work?
He will b stand before kings;
he will not stand before obscure men.

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 5:1
    My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding.
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 1:6
    To understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.
    Proverbs 24:23
    These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good.
  3. Cross References
    Proverbs 23:12
    Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.
  4. Cross References
    Proverbs 8:6
    Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right.
  5. Cross References
    Luke 1:3 - 4
    It seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus.
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 23:6
    You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his lawsuit.
    Zechariah 7:10
    Do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.
    Malachi 3:5
    Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.
  7. Cross References
    Job 5:4
    His children are far from safety; they are crushed in the gate, and there is no one to deliver them.
  8. Cross References
    Job 31:21
    If I have raised my hand against the fatherless, because I saw my help in the gate.
  9. Cross References
    Proverbs 23:11
    For their Redeemer is strong; he will plead the...
    1 Samuel 25:39
    When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, ...
    Psalms 12:5
    "Because the poor are plundered, because the ne...
    Psalms 35:10
    All my bones shall say, "O Lord, who is like yo...
    Psalms 68:5
    Father of the fatherless and protector of widow...
    Psalms 140:12
    I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of...
    Jeremiah 51:36
    Therefore thus says the Lord : "Behold, I will ...
  10. Cross References
    Job 17:3
    Lay down a pledge for me with yourself; who is there who will put up security for me?
  11. Cross References
    Proverbs 20:16
    Take a man's garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.
    Exodus 22:26
    If ever you take your neighbor's cloak in pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down.
  12. Cross References
    Proverbs 23:10
    Do not move an ancient landmark or enter the fields of the fatherless.
    Deuteronomy 19:14
    You shall not move your neighbor's landmark, which the men of old have set, in the inheritance that you will hold in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.
    Deuteronomy 27:17
    "'Cursed be anyone who moves his neighbor's landmark.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
    Job 24:2
    Some move landmarks; they seize flocks and pasture them.
    Hosea 5:10
    The princes of Judah have become like those who move the landmark; upon them I will pour out my wrath like water.
  13. Cross References
    1 Kings 10:8
    Happy are your men! Happy are your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!
    Genesis 41:46
    Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt.
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