On Life and Conduct
1 A good R813 name is to be more desired than great wealth,
Favor is better than silver and gold.
2 The rich and the poor have F297 a common bond,
The LORD is the maker R814 of them all.
3 The prudent R815 sees the evil and hides himself,
But the naive F298 go on, and are punished for it.
4 The reward of humility and the fear F299 of the LORD
Are riches, honor and life.
5 Thorns R816 and snares are in the way of the perverse;
He who guards himself will be far from them.
6 Train R817 up a child in F300 the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
7 The rich R818 rules over the poor,
And the borrower becomes the lender's slave.
8 He who sows R819 iniquity will reap vanity,
And the rod R820 of his fury will perish.
9 He who is F301 generous R821 will be blessed,
For he gives R822 some of his food to the poor.
10 Drive R823 out the scoffer, and contention will go out,
Even strife and dishonor will cease.
11 He who loves purity R824 of heart
And whose F302 speech is gracious, R825 the king is his friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge,
But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.
13 The sluggard R826 says, "There is a lion outside;
I will be killed in the streets!"
14 The mouth of an R827 F303 adulteress is a deep pit;
He who is cursed R828 of the LORD will fall into F304 it.
15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod R829 of discipline will remove it far from him.
16 He who R830 oppresses the poor to make more F305 for himself
Or who gives to the rich, will R831 only come to poverty.
17 Incline R832 your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18 For it will be pleasant R833 if you keep them within you,
That F306 they may be ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust R834 may be in the LORD,
I have taught F307 you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent R835 F308 things
Of counsels and knowledge,
21 To make you know R836 the certainty F309 of the words of truth
That you may correctly R837 F310 answer him who sent you?
22 Do R838 not rob the poor because he is poor,
Or crush R839 the afflicted at the gate;
23 For the LORD will plead R840 their case
And take F311 the life of those who rob them.
24 Do not associate with a man given to anger;
Or go with a hot-tempered R841 man,
25 Or you will learn R842 his ways
And find F312 a snare for yourself.
26 Do not be among those who give R843 pledges, F313
Among those who become guarantors for debts.
27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
Why should he take R844 your bed from under you?
28 Do R845 not move the ancient boundary
Which your fathers have set.
29 Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will stand R846 before kings;
He will not stand before obscure men.
F297: Lit meet together
F298: Lit simple
F299: Or reverence
F300: Lit according to his way
F301: Lit has a good eye
F302: Lit has grace on his lips
F303: Lit strange woman
F304: Lit there
F305: Lit much
F306: Lit They together
F307: Lit made you know
F308: Or previous
F309: Lit truth
F310: Lit return to words of truth
F311: Lit rob the soul
F312: Lit take
F313: Lit strike hands
R813: Proverbs 10:7; Ecclesiastes 7:1
R814: Job 1:31:15; Proverbs 14:31
R815: Proverbs 14:16; 27:12; Isaiah 26:20
R816: Proverbs 15:19
R817: Ephesians 6:4
R818: Proverbs 18:23; James 2:6
R819: Job 1:4:8
R820: Psalms 125:3
R821: Proverbs 19:17; 2 Corinthians 9:6
R822: Luke 14:13
R823: Genesis 21:9,10; Proverbs 18:6; 26:20
R824: Psalms 24:4; Matthew 5:8
R825: Proverbs 14:35; 16:13
R826: Proverbs 26:13
R827: Proverbs 2:16; 5:3; 7:5; 23:27
R828: Ecclesiastes 7:26
R829: Proverbs 13:24; 23:14
R830: Ecclesiastes 5:8; James 2:13
R831: Proverbs 28:22
R832: Proverbs 5:1
R833: Proverbs 2:10
R834: Proverbs 3:5
R835: Proverbs 8:6
R836: Luke 1:3,4
R837: Proverbs 25:13; 1 Peter 3:15
R838: Exodus 23:6; Job 1:31:16; Proverbs 22:16
R839: Zechariah 7:10; Malachi 3:5
R840: 1 Samuel 25:39; Psalms 12:5; 35:10; 140:12; Proverbs 23:11; Jeremiah 51:36
R841: Proverbs 29:22
R842: 1 Corinthians 15:33
R843: Proverbs 17:18
R844: Exodus 22:26; Proverbs 20:16
R845: Deuteronomy 19:14; 27:17; Job 1:24:2; Proverbs 23:10
R846: Genesis 41:46; 1 Kings 10:8