Proverbs Chapter 22 to 23 : American Standard Version
1A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, And loving favor rather than silver and gold. 2The rich and the poor meet together: Jehovah is the maker of them all. 3A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it. 4The reward of humility and the fear of Jehovah Is riches, and honor, and life. 5Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse: He that keepeth his soul shall be far from them. 6Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it. 7The rich ruleth over the poor; And the borrower is servant to the lender. 8He that soweth iniquity shall reap calamity; And the rod of his wrath shall fail. 9He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; For he giveth of his bread to the poor. 10Cast out the scoffer, and contention will go out; Yea, strife and ignominy will cease. 11He that loveth pureness of heart, For the grace of his lips the king will be his friend. 12The eyes of Jehovah preserve him that hath knowledge; But he overthroweth the words of the treacherous man. 13The sluggard saith, There is a lion without: I shall be slain in the streets. 14The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: He that is abhorred of Jehovah shall fall therein. 15Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; But the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. 16He that oppresseth the poor to increase his gain, And he that giveth to the rich, shall come only to want. 17Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, And apply thy heart unto my knowledge. 18For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee, If they be established together upon thy lips. 19That thy trust may be in Jehovah, I have made them known to thee this day, even to thee. 20Have not I written unto thee excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, 21To make thee know the certainty of the words of truth, That thou mayest carry back words of truth to them that send thee? 22Rob not the poor, because he is poor; Neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: 23For Jehovah will plead their cause, And despoil of life those that despoil them. 24Make no friendship with a man that is given to anger; And with a wrathful man thou shalt not go: 25Lest thou learn this ways, And get a snare to thy soul. 26Be thou not one of them that strike hands, Or of them that are sureties for debts. 27If thou hast not wherewith to pay, Why should he take away thy bed from under thee? 28Remove not the ancient landmark, Which thy fathers have set. 29Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; He shall not stand before mean men.
23 Proverbs 23
1When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, Consider diligently him that is before thee; 2And put a knife to thy throat, If thou be a man given to appetite. 3Be not desirous of his dainties; Seeing they are deceitful food. 4Weary not thyself to be rich; Cease from thine own wisdom. 5Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings, Like an eagle that flieth toward heaven. 6Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, Neither desire thou his dainties: 7For as he thinketh within himself, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; But his heart is not with thee. 8The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, And lose thy sweet words. 9Speak not in the hearing of a fool; For he will despise the wisdom of thy words. 10Remove not the ancient landmark; And enter not into the fields of the fatherless: 11For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their cause against thee. 12Apply thy heart unto instruction, And thine ears to the words of knowledge. 13Withhold not correction from the child; For if thou beat him with the rod, he will not die. 14Thou shalt beat him with the rod, And shalt deliver his soul from Sheol. 15My son, if thy heart be wise, My heart will be glad, even mine: 16Yea, my heart will rejoice, When thy lips speak right things. 17Let not thy heart envy sinners; But be thou in the fear of Jehovah all the day long: 18For surely there is a reward; And thy hope shall not be cut off. 19Hear thou, my son, and be wise, And guide thy heart in the way. 20Be not among winebibbers, Among gluttonous eaters of flesh: 21For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags. 22Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, And despise not thy mother when she is old. 23Buy the truth, and sell it not; Yea, wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. 24The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; And he that begetteth a wise child will have joy of him. 25Let thy father and thy mother be glad, And let her that bare thee rejoice. 26My son, give me thy heart; And let thine eyes delight in my ways. 27For a harlot is a deep ditch; And a foreign woman is a narrow pit. 28Yea, she lieth in wait as a robber, And increaseth the treacherous among men. 29Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? Who hath complaining? who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes? 30They that tarry long at the wine; They that go to seek out mixed wine. 31Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, When it sparkleth in the cup, When it goeth down smoothly: 32At the last it biteth like a serpent, And stingeth like an adder. 33Thine eyes shall behold strange things, And thy heart shall utter perverse things. 34Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, Or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. 35They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not hurt; They have beaten me, and I felt it not: When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.