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Proverbs 22

On Life and Conduct

1A good name [earned by honorable behavior, godly wisdom, moral courage, and personal integrity] is more desirable than great riches;
And favor is better than silver and gold.

The rich and poor have a common bond;
The Lord is the Maker of them all.

A prudent and far-sighted person sees the evil [of sin] and hides himself [from it],
But the naive continue on and are punished [by suffering the consequences of sin].

The reward of humility [that is, having a realistic view of one’s importance] and the [reverent, worshipful] fear of the Lord
Is riches, honor, and life.

Thorns and snares are in the way of the obstinate [for their lack of honor and their wrong-doing traps them];
He who guards himself [with godly wisdom] will be far from them and avoid the consequences they suffer.

Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents],
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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

He who sows injustice will reap [a harvest of] trouble,
And the rod of his wrath [with which he oppresses others] will fail.

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 away;
Even strife and dishonor will cease.
11 
He who loves purity of heart
And whose speech is gracious will have the king as his friend.
12 
The eyes of the Lord keep guard over knowledge and the one who has it,
But He overthrows the words of the treacherous.
13 
The lazy one [manufactures excuses and] says, “There is a lion outside!
I will be killed in the streets [if I go out to work]!”
14 
The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit [deep and inescapable];
He who is cursed by the Lord [because of his adulterous sin] will fall into it.
15 
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of discipline [correction administered with godly wisdom and lovingkindness] will remove it far from him.
16 
He who oppresses or exploits the poor to get more for himself
Or who gives to the rich [to gain influence and favor], will only come to poverty.

17 
Listen carefully and hear the [a]words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18 
For it will be pleasant if you keep them in mind [incorporating them as guiding principles];
Let them be ready on your lips [to guide and strengthen yourself and others].
19 
So that your trust and reliance and confidence may be in the Lord,
I have taught these things to you today, even to you.
20 
Have I not written to you excellent things
In counsels and knowledge,
21 
To let you know the certainty of the words of truth,
That you may give a correct answer to him who sent you?

22 
Do not rob the poor because he is poor [and defenseless],
Nor crush the afflicted [by legal proceedings] at the gate [where the city court is held],
23 
For the Lord will plead their case
And take the life of those who rob them.

24 
Do not even associate with a man given to angry outbursts;
Or go [along] with a hot-tempered man,
25 
Or you will learn his [undisciplined] ways
And get yourself trapped [in a situation from which it is hard to escape].

26 
Do not be among those who give pledges [involving themselves in others’ finances],
Or among those who become guarantors for others’ debts.
27 
If you have nothing with which to pay [another’s debt when he defaults],
Why should his creditor take your bed from under you?

28 
Do not move the ancient landmark [at the boundary of the property]
Which your fathers have set.

29 
Do you see a man skillful and experienced in his work?
He will stand [in honor] before kings;
He will not stand before obscure men.

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 22:17 These verses (17-21) introduce a special collection of wisdom sayings compiled by Solomon.

Japanese Living Bible

箴言 知恵の泉 22

1富よりも名誉を大事にしなさい。
金や銀で名声は買えません。
金持ちも貧しい人も、神の前では同じです。
すべての人を主が造ったからです。
注意深い人は先まで見通しを立て、
失敗しないように準備します。
考えの足りない者はむやみやたらに進み、
あとで苦しみます。
謙遜で主を敬う人は、富も名誉も長寿も与えられます。
神の教えに背く者の道には、
危険な罠が待ち受けています。
自分を大切にする人は、決してそこに近寄りません。
子どもの時に正しい生き方を教えておけば、
年をとってからも変わりません。
貧しい人が金持ちに押さえつけられるように、
金を借りる者は貸してくれた人の奴隷になります。
悪い支配者は必ず災いに会い、権力を失います。
親切な人は貧しい人に食べ物を分けて喜ばれます。
10 人をさげすむ者を追い出せば、
みんなうちとけて、争いも口げんかもなくなります。
11 きよい心を愛し、良いことを語る人は、
王のほうから友になってくれます。
12 主は正しい人を守り、悪者の計画を葬り去ります。
13 怠け者は「仕事になんかとても行けない。
外に出たらライオンに食い殺されるかもしれない」と
言いわけをします。
14 売春婦は危険な罠、主にのろわれた者は、
その罠に簡単に引っかかります。
15 若者は反抗心でいっぱいですが、
正しく罰すれば素直になります。
16 貧しい人からせしめたり、
金持ちにわいろを贈ったりして財産を作っても、
結局は貧しくなります。

知恵のことば(1)

17-19 主を信じて任せなさい。
知恵のことばを聞いて忘れずに守りなさい。
そうすれば、自分の益になるばかりでなく、
人にも教えることができるようになります。
20-21 私は間違ったことを言ったことはないから、
私の言うことを信じて、そのとおり人にも教えなさい。
22-23 貧しい人や病人のものを横取りしてはいけません。
神が見ています。
そんなことをする者は必ず罰せられます。
24-25 すぐに腹を立てる愚か者には
近づかないようにしなさい。
安易に近寄ると罠に陥ります。
26-27 手もとに余分な金もないのに、
人の保証人になってはいけません。
他人の借金のかたに、
寝具まで
取り上げられてしまいます。
28 昔からある境界線を勝手に変えるのは、
どろぼうと同じことです。
29 まじめに良い仕事をする人は、必ず成功します。