22 A name* is to be chosen rather than abundant riches;+ favor is better than even silver and gold.+ 2 The rich one and the one of little means have met each other.+ The Maker of them all is Jehovah.+ 3 Shrewd is the one that has seen the calamity and proceeds to conceal himself,+ but the inexperienced have passed along and must suffer the penalty.+ 4 The result of humility [and] the fear of Jehovah is riches and glory and life.+ 5 Thorns [and] traps are in the way of the crooked one;+ he that is guarding his soul keeps far away from them.+ 6 Train up a boy according to* the way for him;+ even when he grows old he will not turn aside from it.+ 7 The rich is the one that rules over those of little means,+ and the borrower is servant to the man doing the lending.+ 8 He that is sowing unrighteousness will reap what is hurtful,+ but the very rod of his fury will come to its end.+ 9 He that is kindly in eye will be blessed, for he has given of his food to the lowly one.+ 10 Drive away the ridiculer, that contention may go out and that legal contest and dishonor may cease.+ 11 The one loving purity of heart*+—for the charm of his lips the king will be his companion.+ 12 The eyes of Jehovah himself have safeguarded knowledge,+ but he subverts the words* of the treacherous one.+ 13 The lazy one has said:+ “There is a lion outside!+ In the midst of the public squares I shall be murdered!” 14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit.+ The one denounced by Jehovah will fall into it.+ 15 Foolishness is tied up with the heart of a boy;+ the rod of discipline is what will remove it far from him.+ 16 He that is defrauding the lowly one to supply many things to himself,+ he also that is giving to the rich one, is surely destined for want.+ 17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise ones,+ that you may apply your very heart to my knowledge.+ 18 For it is pleasant that you should keep them in your belly,+ that they may be firmly established together upon your lips.+ 19 For your confidence to come to be in Jehovah himself+ I have given you knowledge today, even you.* 20 Have I not written you heretofore* with counselings and knowledge,+ 21 to show you the truthfulness* of true sayings, so as to return sayings that are the truth—to the one sending you forth?+ 22 Do not rob the lowly one because he is lowly,+ and do not crush the afflicted one in the gate.+ 23 For Jehovah himself will plead their cause,+ and he will certainly rob of soul* those robbing them.+ 24 Do not have companionship with anyone given to anger;+ and with a man having fits of rage you must not enter in, 25 that you may not get familiar with his paths and certainly take a snare for your soul.+ 26 Do not get to be among those striking hands,+ among those who go security for loans.+ 27 If you have nothing to pay, why should he take your bed from under you? 28 Do not move back a boundary of long ago, which your forefathers have made.+ 29 Have you beheld a man skillful in his work? Before kings is where he will station himself;+ he will not station himself before commonplace men.
^ “A name,” M(Heb., shem)Sy; TLXXVg, “A good name.”
^ Lit., “at the mouth (opening) of.”
^ “God loves the purehearted one,” TSy; LXX, “Jehovah loves pure hearts.”
^ Or, “affairs.”
^ “Caused you to know your paths today,” by a slight correction of M, in agreement with LXX.
^ Or, “in thirty sections (parts).” M is unclear.
^ Or, “life.” Heb., naʹphesh; Gr., psy·khenʹ; Lat., aʹni·mam. See App 4A.