On Life and Conduct
Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
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On Life and
1 A good name is to be more desired than
Favor is better than silver and gold.
2 The rich and the poor have a common bond,
The LORD is the maker of them all.
3 The prudent sees the evil and hides
But the naive go on, and are punished for
4 The reward of humility and the fear of the
Are riches, honor and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the
He who guards himself will be far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from
7 The rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.
8 He who sows iniquity will reap vanity,
And the rod of his fury will perish.
9 He who is generous will be blessed,
For he gives some of his food to the poor.
10 Drive out the scoffer, and contention
will go out,
Even strife and dishonor will cease.
11 He who loves purity of heart
And whose speech is gracious, the king is
12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge,
But He overthrows the words of the
13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion
I will be killed in the streets!”
14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit;
He who is cursed of the LORD will fall into
15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a
The rod of discipline will remove it far
16 He who oppresses the poor to make more
Or who gives to the rich, will only come to
17 Incline your ear and hear the words of
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them
That they may be ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the LORD,
I have taught you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent
Of counsels and knowledge,
21 To make you know the certainty of the
words of truth
That you may correctly answer him who sent
22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
Or crush the afflicted at the gate;
23 For the LORD will plead their case
And take the life of those who rob them.
24 Do not associate with a man given to
Or go with a hot-tempered man,
25 Or you will learn his ways
And find a snare for yourself.
26 Do not be among those who give pledges,
Among those who become guarantors for debts.
27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
Why should he take your bed from under you?
28 Do not move the ancient boundary
Which your fathers have set.
29 Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before obscure men.