V1 If you must choose, take a good name over great riches; for to be held in loving esteem is better than silver or gold.
V2 The rich and the poor are alike before The Lord who made them all.
V3 A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
V4 True humility and respect for The Lord lead a man to riches, honor and a long life.
V5 The rebel walks a thorny, treacherous road; the man who values his soul will stay away.
V6 Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older he will remain upon it.
V7 Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.
V9 Happy is the generous man, the one who feeds the poor.
V10 Throw out the mocker, and you will be rid of tension, fighting and quarrels.
V11 He who values grace and truth is the king’s friend.
V12 The Lord preserves the upright but ruins the plans of the wicked.
V 13 The lazy man is full of excuses. “I can’t go to work!” he says. “If I go outside I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!”
V14 A prostitute is a dangerous trap; those cursed of God are caught in it.
V15 A youngster’s heart is filled with rebellion, but punishment will drive it out of him.
V16 He who gains by oppressing the poor or by bribing the rich shall end in poverty.
V 17,18,19 Listen to this wise advice, follow it closely, for it will do you good, and you can pass it on to others: Trust in The Lord.
V20 ,21 In the past, haven’t I been right? Then believe what I am telling you now, and share it with others.
V22-23 Don’t rob the poor and sick! For The Lord is their defender. If you injure them He will punish you.
V24,25 Keep away from angry short tempered men, lest you learn to be like them and endanger your soul.
V26,27 Unless you have the extra cash on hand, don’t countersign a note. Why risk everything you own? They’ll even take your bed!
V28 Do not move the ancient boundary marks. That is stealing.
V29 Do you know a hard-working man? He shall be successful and stand before kings!
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