Proverbs 22

The Proverbs of Solomon

1 A a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
Loving favor rather than silver and gold.
2 The b rich and the poor have this in common,
The c LORD is the maker of them all.
3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself,
But the simple pass on and are d punished.
4 By humility and the fear of the LORD
Are riches and honor and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
He who guards his soul will be far from them.
6 e Train up a child in the way he should go,
1 And when he is old he will not depart from it.
7 The f rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 He who sows iniquity will reap g sorrow, 2
And the rod of his anger will fail.
9 h He who has a 3 generous eye will be i blessed,
For he gives of his bread to the poor.
10 j Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave;
Yes, strife and reproach will cease.
11 k He who loves purity of heart
And has grace on his lips,
The king will be his friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge,
But He overthrows the words of the faithless.
13 l The lazy man says, "There is a lion outside!
I shall be slain in the streets!"
14 m The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit;
n He who is abhorred by the LORD will fall there.
15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
o The rod of correction will drive it far from him.
16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches,
And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.

Words of the Wise

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your heart to my knowledge;
18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you;
Let them all be fixed upon your lips,
19 So that your trust may be in the LORD;
I have instructed you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
21 p That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth,
q That you may answer words of truth
To those who 4 send to you?

22 Do not rob the r poor because he is poor,
Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;
23 s For the LORD will plead their cause,
And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.
24 Make no friendship with an angry man,
And with a t furious man do not go,
25 Lest you learn his ways
And set a snare for your soul.
26 u Do not be one of those who 5 shakes hands in a pledge,
One of those who is 6 surety for debts;
27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
Why should he take away your bed from under you?
28 v Do not remove the ancient 7 landmark
Which your fathers have set.
29 Do you see a man who 8 excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before 9 unknown men.

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 10:7
    The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.
    Ecclesiastes 7:1
    A good name is better than precious ointment, And the day of death than the day of one's birth.
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 29:13
    The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
  3. Cross References
    Job 31:15
    Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?
    Proverbs 14:31
    He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.
  4. Cross References
    Proverbs 27:12
    A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are punished.
    Isaiah 26:20
    Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past.
  5. Cross References
    Ephesians 6:4
    And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
    2 Timothy 3:15
    And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 18:23
    The poor man uses entreaties, But the rich answers roughly.
    James 2:6
    But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?
  7. Cross References
    Job 4:8
    Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity And sow trouble reap the same.
  8. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 9:6
    But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
  9. Cross References
    Proverbs 19:17
    He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 101:5
    Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy; The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 101:6
    My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, That they may dwell with me; He who walks in a perfect way, He shall serve me.
  12. Cross References
    Proverbs 26:13
    The lazy man says, " There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!
  13. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:16
    To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.
    Proverbs 5:3
    For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil.
    Proverbs 7:5
    That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.
  14. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 7:26
    And I find more bitter than death The woman whose heart is snares and nets, Whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God shall escape from her, But the sinner shall be trapped by her.
  15. Cross References
    Proverbs 13:24
    He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.
    Proverbs 23:13
    Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
    Proverbs 23:14
    You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell.
  16. Cross References
    Luke 1:3
    It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus.
    Luke 1:4
    That you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.
  17. Cross References
    Proverbs 25:13
    Like the cold of snow in time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
    1 Peter 3:15
    But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.
  18. Cross References
    Exodus 23:6
    You shall not pervert the judgment of your poor in his dispute.
    Job 31:16 - 21
    If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or caused the eyes of the widow to fail.
    Zechariah 7:10
    Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, The alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart Against his brother.
  19. Cross References
    1 Samuel 24:12
    Let the LORD judge between you and me, and let the LORD avenge me on you. But my hand shall not be against you.
    Psalms 12:5
    "For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set him in the safety for which he yearns."
    Psalms 140:12
    I know that the LORD will maintain The cause of the afflicted, And justice for the poor.
  20. Cross References
    Proverbs 29:22
    An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression.
  21. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:15
    He who is surety for a stranger will suffer, But one who hates being surety is secure.
  22. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 19:14
    You shall not remove your neighbor's landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.
    Deuteronomy 27:17
    'Cursed is the one who moves his neighbor's landmark.' "And all the people shall say, 'Amen!'
    Job 24:2
    Some remove landmarks; They seize flocks violently and feed on them.
    Proverbs 23:10
    Do not remove the ancient landmark, Nor enter the fields of the fatherless.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Previous Book Next Book