Proverbs 22:1-14, The Prudent Sees Evil


1A good name is to be more desired than great wealth,

Favor is better than silver and gold.

2The rich and the poor have a common bond,

The Lord is the maker of them all.

3The prudent sees the evil and hides himself,

But the naive go on, and are punished for it.

4The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord

Are riches, honor and life.

5Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;

He who guards himself will be far from them.

6Train up a child in the way he should go,

Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

7The rich rules over the poor,

And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.

8He who sows iniquity will reap vanity,

And the rod of his fury will perish.

9He who is generous will be blessed,

For he gives some of his food to the poor.

10Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out,

Even strife and dishonor will cease.

11He who loves purity of heart

And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.

12The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge,

But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.

13The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside;

I will be killed in the streets!”

14The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit;

He who is cursed of the Lord will fall into it.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: What should we do when we see the potential for sin in our lives?