The Proverbs of Solomon

Proverbs 22

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.

  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.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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