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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 22

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1 A good name is to be chosen aboue great riches, and louing fauour is aboue siluer and aboue golde.

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2 The rich and poore meete together: the Lord is the maker of them all.

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3 A prudent man seeth the plague, and hideth himselfe: but the foolish goe on still, and are punished.

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4 The rewarde of humilitie, and the feare of God is riches, and glory, and life.

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5 Thornes and snares are in the way of the frowarde: but he that regardeth his soule, will depart farre from them.

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6 Teache a childe in the trade of his way, and when he is olde, he shall not depart from it.

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7 The rich ruleth the poore, and the borower is seruant to the man that lendeth.

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8 He that soweth iniquitie, shall reape affliction, and the rodde of his anger shall faile.

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9 He that hath a good eye, he shalbe blessed: for he giueth of his bread vnto the poore.

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10 Cast out the scorner, and strife shall go out: so contention and reproche shall cease.

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11 Hee that loueth purenesse of heart for the grace of his lippes, the King shalbe his friend.

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12 The eyes of the Lord preserue knowledge: but hee ouerthroweth the wordes of the transgressour.

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13 The slouthfull man saith, A lyon is without, I shall be slaine in the streete.

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14 The mouth of strage women is as a deepe pit: he with whom the Lord is angry, shall fall therein.

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15 Foolishnesse is bounde in the heart of a childe: but the rodde of correction shall driue it away from him.

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16 Hee that oppresseth the poore to increase him selfe, and giueth vnto the riche, shall surely come to pouertie.

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17 Incline thine eare, and heare the wordes of the wise, and apply thine heart vnto my knowledge.

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18 For it shalbe pleasant, if thou keepe them in thy bellie, and if they be directed together in thy lippes.

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19 That thy confidence may be in the Lord, I haue shewed thee this day: thou therefore take heede.

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20 Haue not I written vnto thee three times in counsels and knowledge,

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21 That I might shewe thee the assurance of the wordes of trueth to answere the wordes of trueth to them that sende to thee?

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22 Robbe not the poore, because hee is poore, neither oppresse the afflicted in iudgement.

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23 For the Lord will defende their cause, and spoyle the soule of those that spoyle them.

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24 Make no friendship with an angrie man, neither goe with the furious man,

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25 Least thou learne his wayes, and receiue destruction to thy soule.

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26 Be not thou of them that touch the hand, nor among them that are suretie for debts.

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27 If thou hast nothing to paye, why causest thou that he should take thy bed from vnder thee?

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28 Thou shalt not remooue the ancient bounds which thy fathers haue made.

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29 Thou seest that a diligent man in his businesse standeth before Kings, and standeth not before the base sort.

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