Proverbs 22
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1  A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

א  נִבְחָר שֵׁם מֵעֹשֶׁר רָב מִכֶּסֶף וּמִזָּהָב חֵן טוֹב.

2  The rich and the poor meet together–Hashem is the maker of them all.

ב  עָשִׁיר וָרָשׁ נִפְגָּשׁוּ עֹשֵׂה כֻלָּם יְהוָה.

3  A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the thoughtless pass on, and are punished.

ג  עָרוּם רָאָה רָעָה ויסתר (וְנִסְתָּר) וּפְתָיִים עָבְרוּ וְנֶעֱנָשׁוּ.

4  The reward of humility is the fear of Hashem, even riches, and honour, and life.

ד  עֵקֶב עֲנָוָה יִרְאַת יְהוָה עֹשֶׁר וְכָבוֹד וְחַיִּים.

5  Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward; he that keepeth his soul holdeth himself far from them.

ה  צִנִּים פַּחִים בְּדֶרֶךְ עִקֵּשׁ שׁוֹמֵר נַפְשׁוֹ יִרְחַק מֵהֶם.

6  Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

ו  חֲנֹךְ לַנַּעַר עַל פִּי דַרְכּוֹ גַּם כִּי יַזְקִין לֹא יָסוּר מִמֶּנָּה.

7  The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

ז  עָשִׁיר בְּרָשִׁים יִמְשׁוֹל וְעֶבֶד לֹוֶה לְאִישׁ מַלְוֶה.

8  He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity; and the rod of his wrath shall fail.

ח  זוֹרֵעַ עַוְלָה יקצור (יִקְצָר ) אָוֶן וְשֵׁבֶט עֶבְרָתוֹ יִכְלֶה.

9  He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

ט  טוֹב עַיִן הוּא יְבֹרָךְ כִּי נָתַן מִלַּחְמוֹ לַדָּל.

10  Cast out the scorner, and contention will go out; yea, strife and shame will cease.

י  גָּרֵשׁ לֵץ וְיֵצֵא מָדוֹן וְיִשְׁבֹּת דִּין וְקָלוֹן.

11  He that loveth pureness of heart, that hath grace in his lips, the king shall be his friend.

יא  אֹהֵב טהור (טְהָר ) לֵב חֵן שְׂפָתָיו רֵעֵהוּ מֶלֶךְ.

12  The eyes of Hashem preserve him that hath knowledge, but He overthroweth the words of the faithless man.

יב  עֵינֵי יְהוָה נָצְרוּ דָעַת וַיְסַלֵּף דִּבְרֵי בֹגֵד.

13  The sluggard saith: ‘There is a lion without; I shall be slain in the streets.’

יג  אָמַר עָצֵל אֲרִי בַחוּץ בְּתוֹךְ רְחֹבוֹת אֵרָצֵחַ.

14  The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of Hashem shall fall therein.

יד  שׁוּחָה עֲמֻקָּה פִּי זָרוֹת זְעוּם יְהוָה יפול (יִפָּל ) שָׁם.

15  Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

טו  אִוֶּלֶת קְשׁוּרָה בְלֶב נָעַר שֵׁבֶט מוּסָר יַרְחִיקֶנָּה מִמֶּנּוּ.

16  One may oppress the poor, yet will their gain increase; one may give to the rich, yet will want come.

טז  עֹשֵׁק דָּל לְהַרְבּוֹת לוֹ נֹתֵן לְעָשִׁיר אַךְ לְמַחְסוֹר.

17  Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thy heart unto my knowledge.

יז  הַט אָזְנְךָ וּשְׁמַע דִּבְרֵי חֲכָמִים וְלִבְּךָ תָּשִׁית לְדַעְתִּי.

18  For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; let them be established altogether upon thy lips.

יח  כִּי נָעִים כִּי תִשְׁמְרֵם בְּבִטְנֶךָ יִכֹּנוּ יַחְדָּו עַל שְׂפָתֶיךָ.

19  That thy trust may be in Hashem, I have made them known to thee this day, even to thee.

יט  לִהְיוֹת בַּיהוָה מִבְטַחֶךָ הוֹדַעְתִּיךָ הַיּוֹם אַף אָתָּה.

20  Have not I written unto thee excellent things of counsels and knowledge;

כ  הֲלֹא כָתַבְתִּי לְךָ שלשום (שָׁלִשִׁים) בְּמֹעֵצוֹת וָדָעַת.

21  That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth, that thou mightest bring back words of truth to them that send thee?

כא  לְהוֹדִיעֲךָ קֹשְׁטְ אִמְרֵי אֱמֶת לְהָשִׁיב אֲמָרִים אֱמֶת לְשֹׁלְחֶיךָ.

22  Rob not the weak, because he is weak, neither crush the poor in the gate;

כב  אַל תִּגְזָל דָּל כִּי דַל הוּא וְאַל תְּדַכֵּא עָנִי בַשָּׁעַר.

23  For Hashem will plead their cause, and despoil of life those that despoil them.

כג  כִּי יְהוָה יָרִיב רִיבָם וְקָבַע אֶת קֹבְעֵיהֶם נָפֶשׁ.

24  Make no friendship with a man that is given to anger; and with a wrathful man thou shalt not go;

כד  אַל תִּתְרַע אֶת בַּעַל אָף וְאֶת אִישׁ חֵמוֹת לֹא תָבוֹא.

25  Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

כה  פֶּן תֶּאֱלַף אֹרְחֹתָו וְלָקַחְתָּ מוֹקֵשׁ לְנַפְשֶׁךָ.

26  Be thou not of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts;

כו  אַל תְּהִי בְתֹקְעֵי כָף בַּעֹרְבִים מַשָּׁאוֹת.

27  If thou hast not wherewith to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

כז  אִם אֵין לְךָ לְשַׁלֵּם לָמָּה יִקַּח מִשְׁכָּבְךָ מִתַּחְתֶּיךָ.

28  Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

al TA-sayg g’-VUL o-LAM a-SHER a-SU a-vo-TE-kha.

כח  אַל תַּסֵּג גְּבוּל עוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ אֲבוֹתֶיךָ.

22:28   Remove not the ancient landmark

This verse reinforces the significance of a heritage in the Promised Land. When the Israelites arrived there after leaving Egypt, God instructed Moses to divide the land by drawing lots. Each tribe was given a region, and each family was assigned a portion of their tribe’s land to be passed down through the generations (Numbers 26:52-56). The family bonds to the land are so great, that when Zelophehad died without sons, his daughters demanded the right to inherit their father’s portion (Numbers 27). They were granted the inheritance on condition that they marry within their tribe, so the land not be absorbed into another tribe’s portion (Numbers 36:6-7).

Comment

29  Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

כט  חָזִיתָ אִישׁ מָהִיר בִּמְלַאכְתּוֹ לִפְנֵי מְלָכִים יִתְיַצָּב בַּל יִתְיַצֵּב לִפְנֵי חֲשֻׁכִּים.

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  • "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold."
    Proverbs 22:1

    When I was 9 years old, this was the very first memory verse assigned for me to read in front of the congregation. Shalom

  • I raised my son on a proverb a day. We would read them before he left the house for school. We not only read but told each other what they ment in our lives. This we did until he bought his own home. I recommend this to all families. I see them in my son now that he is reaching 40.

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