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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Proverbs 22:1-29

22  A name* is to be chosen rather than abundant riches;+ favor is better than even silver and gold.+  The rich one and the one of little means have met each other.+ The Maker of them all is Jehovah.+  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.+  The result of humility [and] the fear of Jehovah is riches and glory and life.+  Thorns [and] traps are in the way of the crooked one;+ he that is guarding his soul keeps far away from them.+  Train up a boy according to* the way for him;+ even when he grows old he will not turn aside from it.+  The rich is the one that rules over those of little means,+ and the borrower is servant to the man doing the lending.+  He that is sowing unrighteousness will reap what is hurtful,+ but the very rod of his fury will come to its end.+  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.

Footnotes

“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.
“Truthfulness of,” qosht, a word found in Biblical Aram., as in Da 2:47.
Or, “life.” Heb., na′phesh; Gr., psy·khen′; Lat., a′ni·mam. See App 4A.