to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
The Lord is the Maker of them all.
but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
its wages are riches and honor and life.
but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
and the borrower is slave to the lender.
and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
for they share their food with the poor.
quarrels and insults are ended.
will have the king for a friend.
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
I’ll be killed in the public square!”
a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.
but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
and one who gives gifts to the rich — both come to poverty.
17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;
apply your heart to what I teach,
and have all of them ready on your lips.
I teach you today, even you.
sayings of counsel and knowledge,
so that you bring back truthful reports
to those you serve?
22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor
and do not crush the needy in court,
and will exact life for life.
24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
do not associate with one easily angered,
and get yourself ensnared.
26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge
or puts up security for debts;
your very bed will be snatched from under you.
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
set up by your ancestors.
29 Do you see someone skilled in their work?
They will serve before kings;
they will not serve before officials of low rank.
Proverbs, 22 chapter. New International Version.