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- A good name is more desirable than great riches, and high esteem, than gold and silver.
- Rich and poor have a common bond: the LORD is the maker of them all.
- The shrewd man perceives evil and hides, while simpletons continue on and suffer the penalty.
- The reward of humility and fear of the LORD is riches, honor and life.
- Thorns and snares are on the path of the crooked; he who would safeguard his life will shun them.
- Train a boy in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not swerve from it.
- The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
- He who sows iniquity reaps calamity, and the rod destroys his labors.
- The kindly man will be blessed, for he gives of his sustenance to the poor.
- Expel the arrogant man and discord goes out; strife and insult cease.
- The LORD loves the pure of heart; the man of winning speech has the king for his friend.
- The eyes of the LORD safeguard knowledge, but he defeats the projects of the faithless.
- 1 The sluggard says, "A lion is outside; in the streets I might be slain."
- The mouth of the adulteress is a deep pit; he with whom the LORD is angry will fall into it.
- Folly is close to the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
- 2 He who oppresses the poor to enrich himself will yield up his gains to the rich as sheer loss.
- 3 4 The sayings of the wise: Incline your ear, and hear my words, and apply your heart to my doctrine;
- For it will be well if you keep them in your bosom, if they all are ready on your lips.
- 5 That your trust may be in the LORD, I make known to you the words of Amen-em-Ope.
- Have I not written for you the "Thirty," with counsels and knowledge,
- To teach you truly how to give a dependable report to one who sends you?
- Injure not the poor because they are poor, nor crush the needy at the gate;
- For the LORD will defend their cause, and will plunder the lives of those who plunder them.
- Be not friendly with a hotheaded man, nor the companion of a wrathful man,
- Lest you learn his ways, and get yourself into a snare.
- Be not one of those who give their hand in pledge, of those who become surety for debts;
- For if you have not the means to pay, your bed will be taken from under you.
- Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers set up.
- You see a man skilled at his work? He will stand in the presence of kings; he will not stand in the presence of obscure men.
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1  To avoid the effort required for doing good, the sluggard exaggerates the difficulties that must be overcome.
2  Money gained by exploiting the poor is in turn lost to those who are more wealthy.
3 [22:17-24:22] This collection of proverbs, introduced as sayings of the wise, is given in the more intimate and personal form of an address to a pupil called the son and is arranged in strophes instead of couplets.
4 [22:17-23:35] The maxims warn against: oppression of the poor and defenseless (Proverb 22:22-23), anger (Proverb 22:24-25), giving surety for debts (Proverb 22:26-27), bad manners at a king's table (Proverb 23:1-2), anxiety for riches (Proverb 23:4-5), a grudging host (Proverb 23:6-8), intemperance in food and drink (Proverb 23:19-21, 29-35), and adultery (Proverb 23:26-28). They exhort to: careful workmanship (Proverb 22:29), respect for the rights of orphans (Proverb 23:10-11), correction of the young (Proverb 23:13-14), filial piety (Proverb 23:15-16, 22-25), and fear of the LORD (Proverb 23:17-18).
5 [19-20] Amen-em-Ope:an Egyptian scribe to whom is attributed a collection of maxims in Thirty chapters (Proverb 22:20) composed for the instruction of his children and addressed to a young man who wishes to enter upon a career. The inspired editor of Proverbs does not translate these, but uses their materials in constructing a similar collection of proverbs.
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