Proverbs 22

Proverbs 22:4
22:4 [this verse states a general principle rather than a specific promise; see also Prov. 16:8; 28:6] Humility [essential in our relationship with the Lord; cf. Jas. 4:6] and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:6-9
22:6 Train a child in the way [only two possible ways to go: the way of the righteous and wise or the way of the wicked and foolish] he [according to the child’s aptitude and inclinations] should go [according to his way], and when he is old he will not turn from it.

22:7 [debt is a form of slavery] The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

22:9 A generous man [one who looks kindly at others] will himself be blessed [financially or spiritually], for he shares his food with the poor.

Proverbs 22:16
22:16 He who oppresses the poor [cf. Amos 2:6-7] to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich [perhaps in the hope of getting in their good graces; perhaps by paying exorbitant interest]—both come to poverty [this outcome must be the result of divine judgment].

Proverbs 22:24-27
22:24 Do not make friends [cf. Ps. 1:1; Prov. 13:20; 1 Cor. 15:33] with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered,

22:25 or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.

22:26 Do not [a command] be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts [or, loans];

22:27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed [your goods] will be snatched [will be seized by your creditors] from under you [i.e., you may lose the shirt off your back].

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