New International Version

Proverbs 22:1-29

1A good name is more desirable than great riches;

to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

2Rich and poor have this in common:

The Lord is the Maker of them all.

3The prudent see danger and take refuge,

but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

4Humility is the fear of the Lord;

its wages are riches and honor and life.

5In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,

but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.

6Start children off on the way they should go,

and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

7The rich rule over the poor,

and the borrower is slave to the lender.

8Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,

and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.

9The generous will themselves be blessed,

for they share their food with the poor.

10Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;

quarrels and insults are ended.

11One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace

will have the king for a friend.

12The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,

but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.

13The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!

I’ll be killed in the public square!”

14The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;

a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.

15Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,

but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

16One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth

and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

Thirty Sayings of the Wise

Saying 1

17Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;

apply your heart to what I teach,

18for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart

and have all of them ready on your lips.

19So that your trust may be in the Lord,

I teach you today, even you.

20Have I not written thirty sayings for you,

sayings of counsel and knowledge,

21teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth,

so that you bring back truthful reports

to those you serve?

Saying 2

22Do not exploit the poor because they are poor

and do not crush the needy in court,

23for the Lord will take up their case

and will exact life for life.

Saying 3

24Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,

do not associate with one easily angered,

25or you may learn their ways

and get yourself ensnared.

Saying 4

26Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge

or puts up security for debts;

27if you lack the means to pay,

your very bed will be snatched from under you.

Saying 5

28Do not move an ancient boundary stone

set up by your ancestors.

Saying 6

29Do you see someone skilled in their work?

They will serve before kings;

they will not serve before officials of low rank.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

箴言 22:1-29

1美名胜过巨富,

恩宠比金银宝贵。

2富人和穷人相同:

都由耶和华所造。

3明哲人遇祸躲避,

愚昧人前往受害。

4心存谦卑、敬畏耶和华,

必得财富、尊荣和生命。

5奸徒之道有荆棘和陷阱,

想保全生命的必须远避。

6教导孩童走正路,

他到老也不偏离。

7富人管辖穷人,

欠债的是债主的仆人。

8播种不义的必收灾祸,

他的恶势力终必瓦解。

9慷慨的人必蒙福,

因他给穷人食物。

10赶走嘲讽者,纷争平息,

争吵和羞辱也会消除。

11喜爱清心、口吐恩言的人,

必与君王为友。

12耶和华的眼目护卫真理,

祂必推翻奸徒的言论。

13懒惰人说:“外面有狮子,

我会丧命街头。”

14淫妇的口是深坑,

耶和华憎恶的人必陷进去。

15愚昧缠住孩童的心,

教棍能远远赶走它。

16靠压榨穷人敛财和送礼给富人的,

都必穷困潦倒。

智者之言

17你要侧耳听智者之言,

专心领受我的教诲,

18铭记在心、随时诵咏,

方为美事。

19今天我将这些指示你,

为要使你倚靠耶和华。

20关于谋略和知识,

我已写给你三十条,

21要使你认识真理,

能准确答复差你来的人。

22不可仗势剥削贫穷人,

法庭上不可欺凌弱者,

23因为耶和华必为他们申冤,

夺去掠夺他们之人的性命。

24不可结交脾气暴躁者,

不要跟易怒之人来往,

25免得你沾染他们的恶习,

不能自拔。

26不要为人击掌作保,

不要为欠债的抵押。

27如果你还不起,

连你的床也会被抬走。

28不可移动祖先定下的界石。

29你看那精明能干的人,

他必侍立在君王面前,

不会效力于泛泛之辈。