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22 It is better to be respected than to be rich. A good name is more important than silver or gold. 2Rich people and poor people are the same. The Lord made them all. 3Wise people see trouble coming and get out of its way. But foolish people go straight to the trouble and suffer because of it.  4Respect the Lord and be humble. Then you will have wealth, honor, and true life. 5Evil people are trapped by many troubles. But the person who cares for his soul stays away from trouble. 6Teach a child the right way to live while he is young. Then when he grows older, he will continue living that way. 7Poor people are slaves to rich people. The person who borrows is a servant to the person who lends. 8A person who spreads trouble will harvest trouble. And in the end, that person will be destroyed because of the trouble he gave other people. 9A person who gives freely will be blessed. He will be blessed because he shares his food with poor people. 10If a person thinks he is better than other people, force him to leave. When that person leaves, trouble will leave with him. Then arguments and bragging will end. 11The king will be your friend if you love a pure heart and kind words. 12The Lord watches over and protects people who know him. But he destroys people who turn against him. 13The lazy person says, “I can’t go {to work} now. There is a lion outside. It might kill me.” 14The sin of adultery is like a trap. The Lord will become very angry at the person who falls into that trap. 15Children do foolish things. But if you punish them, they will learn not to do those things. 16These two things will make you poor—hurting poor people to make yourself rich, and giving gifts to rich people.

Thirty Wise Sayings

17Listen to the things that I say. I will teach you the things wise men have said. Learn from these teachings. 18It will be good for you if you remember these things. It will help you if you can say these words. 19I will teach you these things now. I want you to trust the Lord. 20I have written 30 sayings for you. These are words of advice and wisdom. 21These words will teach you true and important things. Then you can give good answers to the one that sent you.

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22It is easy to steal from poor people, but don’t do it. And don’t take advantage of those poor people in court. 23The Lord is on their side. He supports them and he will take things away from any person that takes from them.

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24Don’t be friends with a person who becomes angry easily. Don’t go near a person who becomes mad fast. 25If you do, you may learn to be like him. Then you will have the same troubles he has.

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26Don’t promise to be responsible for another person’s debts. 27If you can’t pay his debt, then you will lose everything you have. Why should you lose the bed you sleep on?

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28Never move an old property line that was marked long ago by your ancestors.*

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29If a person is skilled in his work, then he is good enough to serve kings. He will not have to work for people who are not important.

ancestors Literally, “fathers,” meaning a person’s parents, grandparents, and all the people they are descended from.

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23 When you sit and eat with an important man, remember who you are with. 2Never eat too much, even if you are very hungry. 3And don’t eat too much of the fine food he serves. It might be a trick.

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4Don’t ruin your health trying to become rich. If you are wise, you will be patient. 5Money goes very quickly, as if it grows wings and flies away like a bird.

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6Don’t eat with a selfish person. And stay away from the special foods he likes. 7He is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. He might say to you, “Eat and drink.” But that is not really what he wants.  8And if you eat his food, then you will become sick. And you will be embarrassed.

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9Don’t try to teach a fool. He will make fun of your wise words.

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10Never move an old property line. And never take land that belongs to orphans.* 11The Lord will be against you. The Lord is powerful and he defends those orphans.

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12Listen to your teacher and learn all you can.

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13Always punish a child if it needs it. It will not hurt him to spank him. 14If you spank him, you may save his life.

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15My son, if you become wise, then I will be very happy. 16I will be happy in my heart if I hear you say things that are right.

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17Don’t be jealous of evil people. But always try as hard as you can to respect the Lord. 18There is always hope. And that hope will never be gone.

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19So listen, my son, and be wise. Always be careful to live the right way. 20Don’t be friends with people who drink too much wine and eat too much food. 21People who drink too much and eat too much become poor. All they do is eat, drink, sleep, and soon they have nothing.

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22Listen to the things your father tells you. Without your father, you would never have been born. And respect your mother, even when she is old. 23Truth, wisdom, learning, and understanding are worth paying money for. And they are worth far too much to ever sell. 24The father of a good person is very happy. If a person has a wise child, then that child brings joy. 25So let your father and mother be happy with you. Let your mother have joy.

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26My son, listen closely to what I am saying. Let my life be your example. 27Prostitutes and bad women are a trap. They are like a deep well that you can’t get out of. 28A bad woman waits for you like a thief. And she causes many men to become sinners.

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29–30It will be very bad for people who drink too much wine and strong drinks. Those people have many fights and arguments. Their eyes are red and they stumble and hurt themselves. They could have avoided all those troubles! 31So be careful with wine. It is pretty and red. It sparkles in the cup. And it goes down so smooth when you drink it. 32But in the end it bites like a snake. 33Wine will cause you to see strange things. Your mind will be confused. 34When you lie down, you will think you are on a rough sea. You feel like you are lying on a ship. 35You will say, “They hit me but I never felt it. They beat me but I don’t remember it. Now I can’t wake up. I need another drink.”

orphans Children whose parents are dead. Often these children have no one to care for them.

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