1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
1 A good reputation is more desirable than great wealth, and favorable acceptance more than silver and gold.
1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.
2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
2 The rich and the poor have this in common the LORD created both of them.
2 The rich and poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all.
3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
3 The prudent person sees trouble ahead and hides, but the naive continue on and suffer the consequences.
3 A prudent man sees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished [with suffering].
4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
4 The reward of humility is the fear of the LORD, along with wealth, honor, and life.
4 The reward of humility and the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
5 Thorns and snares lie in the path of the perverse person, but whoever is cautious stays far away from them.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the obstinate and willful; he who guards himself will be far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
6 Train a child in the way appropriate for him, and when he becomes older, he will not turn from it.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.
7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
7 The wealthy rule over the poor, and anyone who borrows is a slave to the lender.
7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
8 Whoever sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the anger he uses for a weapon will be destroyed.
8 He who sows iniquity will reap calamity and futility, and the rod of his wrath [with which he smites others] will fail.
9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
9 Whoever is generous will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
9 He who has a bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.
10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
10 Throw out the mocker and strife departs, too; furthermore, quarrels and discord will end.
10 Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out; yes, strife and abuse will cease.
11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
11 Whoever loves purity and gracious speech will gain the king as his friend.
11 He who loves purity and the pure in heart and who is gracious in speech -- "because of the grace of his lips will he have the king for his friend.
12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge,But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.
12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
12 The Lord’s eyes keep watch over knowledge,but He overthrows the words of the treacherous.
12 The LORD watches over anyone with knowledge, but he ruins the plans of the unfaithful.
12 The eyes of the Lord keep guard over knowledge and him who has it, but He overthrows the words of the treacherous.
13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
13 The lazy person says, "There is a lion outside! I will be killed in the street!"
13 The sluggard says, There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!
14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; a man experiencing the LORD's wrath will fall into it.
14 The mouth of a loose woman is a deep pit [for ensnaring wild animals]; he with whom the Lord is indignant and who is abhorrent to Him will fall into it.
15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
15 A child's heart has a tendency to do wrong, but the rod of discipline removes it far away from him.
15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
16 Whoever oppresses the poor to enrich himself and whoever gives gifts to the wealthy will yield only loss.
16 He who oppresses the poor to get gain for himself and he who gives to the rich -- "both will surely come to want.
17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
17 Pay attention and listen to the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my teaching,
17 Listen (consent and submit) to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge;
18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
18 for it is pleasant when you treasure them within you and have them ready on your lips.
18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them in your mind [believing them]; your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them.
19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
19 I have instructed you today—even you—so that your confidence may be in the Lord.
19 As a result, your trust will be in the LORD, that's why I'm teaching you today, even you.
19 So that your trust (belief, reliance, support, and confidence) may be in the Lord, I have made known these things to you today, even to you.
20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
20 Have I not written for you 30 sayings containing counsel and knowledge,
20 Have I not written to you [long ago] excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
21 to teach you true and reliable advice, so you can give truthful answers to those who sent you?
21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?
22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
22 Don't rob the poor person because he is poor, and don't crush the helpless in court,
22 Rob not the poor [being tempted by their helplessness], neither oppress the afflicted at the gate [where the city court is held],
23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
23 for the LORD will plead their case and ruin the lives of those who ruin them.
23 For the Lord will plead their cause and deprive of life those who deprive [the poor or afflicted].
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
24 Don't make friends with a hot-tempered man, and do not associate with someone who is easily angered,
24 Make no friendships with a man given to anger, and with a wrathful man do not associate,
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
25 or you may learn his ways and find yourself caught in a trap.
25 Lest you learn his ways and get yourself into a snare.
26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
26 Don't be one of those who make promises to guarantee loans for debts.
26 Be not one of those who strike hands and pledge themselves, or of those who become security for another's debts.
27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
27 If you don't have the ability to pay, why should your very bed be taken from under you?
27 If you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take your bed from under you?
28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
28 Don't remove an ancient boundary stone that was set up by your ancestors.
28 Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers have set up.
29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will work for kings, not unimportant people.
29 Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers.
International Standard Version Copyright © 1996-2008 by the ISV Foundation.
New American Standard Bible Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved. For Permission to Quote Information visit http://www.lockman.org