Serving God, Changing Lives

Proverbs 22:2-16

2The rich and the poor have this in common:
the LORD is the maker of them all.
3The clever see danger and hide;
but the simple go on, and suffer for it.
4The reward for humility and fear of the LORD
is riches and honor and life.
5Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
the cautious will keep far from them.
6Train children in the right way,
and when old, they will not stray.
7The rich rules over the poor,
and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
8Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
and the rod of anger will fail.
9Those who are generous are blessed,
for they share their bread with the poor.
10Drive out a scoffer, and strife goes out;
quarreling and abuse will cease.
11Those who love a pure heart and are gracious in speech
will have the king as a friend.
12The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge,
but he overthrows the words of the faithless.
13The lazy person says, “There is a lion outside!
I shall be killed in the streets!”
14The mouth of a loose woman is a deep pit;
he with whom the LORD is angry falls into it.
15Folly is bound up in the heart of a boy,
but the rod of discipline drives it far away.
16Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself,
and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss.

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