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Proverbs 22

Instructions and admonitions to sons

(19:20-24:34) -continued

Two good choices


1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

The Creator of all



2 The rich and the poor have this in common, The LORD is the maker of them all.

Blessing of foresight



3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.

Two sources of blessings



4 By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life.

How to escape snares



5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them.

An unfailing law



6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:7

Two kinds of rulers



7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.

Two unfailing laws



8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail.

9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.

How to make peace



10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease.

How to win friends



11 He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend.

Two works of God



12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the faithless.

The lazy man



13 The lazy man says, "There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!"

The pit for fools



14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; He who is abhorred by the LORD will fall there.

A remedy for foolishness



15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.

Two causes of want



16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.


MY SON (19:27): 25 COMMANDS (22:17-23:14)

Three commands: two reasons



17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge;

18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips,

19 So that your trust may be in the LORD; I have instructed you today, even you.

I have written: two reasons



20 Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,

21 That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?

Two commands: two reasons



22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;

23 For the LORD will plead their cause, And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.

Two commands: two reasons



24 Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go,

25 Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.

Two commands: reason



26 Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge, One of those who is surety for debts;

27 If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take away your bed from under you?

One command



28 Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set.

Two blessings of diligence



29 Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.




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