Meditation and Prayer Journey – Proverbs 22

Proverbs 22


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Amplified Version

 1A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.

2The rich and poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all.(A)

3A prudent man sees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished [with suffering].

4The reward of humility and the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.

5Thorns and snares are in the way of the obstinate and willful; he who guards himself will be far from them.

6Train 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.(B)

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

8He who sows iniquity will reap calamity and futility, and the rod of his wrath [with which he smites others] will fail.

9He who has a bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.(C)

10Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out; yes, strife and abuse will cease.

11He 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.

12The eyes of the Lord keep guard over knowledge and him who has it, but He overthrows the words of the treacherous.

13The sluggard says, There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!

14The 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.

15Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.

16He who oppresses the poor to get gain for himself and he who gives to the rich–both will surely come to want.

17Listen (consent and submit) to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge;

18For it will be pleasant if you keep them in your mind [believing them]; your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them.

19So 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.

20Have I not written to you [long ago] excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

21To make you know the certainty of the words of truth, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?(D)

22Rob not the poor [being tempted by their helplessness], neither oppress the afflicted at the gate [where the city court is held],(E)

23For the Lord will plead their cause and deprive of life those who deprive [the poor or afflicted].(F)

24Make no friendships with a man given to anger, and with a wrathful man do not associate,

25Lest you learn his ways and get yourself into a snare.

26Be not one of those who strike hands and pledge themselves, or of those who become security for another’s debts.

27If you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take your bed from under you?

28Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers have set up.

29Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.

Further Study

Proverb-A-Day: Chapter 22

McGee Q&A – Proverbs 22:6 – Bringing up Children

Proverbs Spiritual Checkup

Proverbs 22:5
Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward
Meyer, F. B. Our Daily Homily

This is due to the love of God, shown in the constitution of the world. It would have been malignity indeed to have placed us in the world without the warning signal of pain to show us where we are wrong, and to sting us when we go astray. By the pitiful mercy of our Creator, pain is the inevitable consequence of the breach of physical and moral law; thus men are shown that they are on the wrong path, and driven back in repentance and rectitude. The Greek motto said: “Pain is therefore gain.”

You say that there are many who suffer, who are among the holiest and meekest of mankind; and you wonder how it is that those snares have come so plentifully to their share. But you must remember that though an individual may not have broken the law himself in any special sense, yet he inherits broken law. By virtue of his union with a sinful race he reaps a harvest sown by others’ sins; and by bearing it meekly and lovingly he enters into union with some aspects of the death of Christ, and fills up that which is behind of his sufferings. When wrong is borne sweetly and uncomplainingly, some froward deed that started long before, and had been cursing the world, is for ever arrested and cancelled; as a cannon ball in a bank of sand.

But, in addition, there are some who suffer according to the will of God. Pain, beneath the touch of the Spirit of God, is in the highest degree disciplinary. As the angels watch the result on a soul of God’s sharp ordeal of suffering, they say:

“The keen sanctity, Which with its effluence, like a glory, clothed And circled round the Crucified, has seized And scorched, and shrivelled it”

Multi Media

The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 22

Walking in Wisdom Proverbs 22:3-4 (10 min – 1st 5 min on v3; 2nd 5 min on v4)

Teaching Your Children About God – Is what you teach accurate?

Proverbs 22:6 Train A Child – Inspirational Videos

“You will be like the people you hang around” Proverbs 22:24-25


STUDIES ON PROVERBS Exposition: Proverbs

Bible commentaries: Here are a few I personally use: John Darby’s SynopsisMatthew Henry’s Concise Commentary;John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

Bible Explained: An interactive commentary on the whole Bible.

My Reflections

Wise or Foolish

Personal pop out verses:

3A prudent man sees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished [with suffering].

13The sluggard says, There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!

22Rob not the poor [being tempted by their helplessness], neither oppress the afflicted at the gate [where the city court is held],(A23For the Lord will plead their cause and deprive of life those who deprive [the poor or afflicted].(B)

24Make no friendships with a man given to anger, and with a wrathful man do not associate, 25Lest you learn his ways and get yourself into a snare.

V3 – In light of some things going on in my personal life, this verse is a confirmation verse for me. When we read that word translated as evil, we tend to think it means something very, very bad. But really the word just means bad, wrong, harm, hurt – it isn’t some extreme thing, it’s basic. So if we feel, think, or see that something bad might happen, could happen, and yet we ignore it and plunge forward anyway, we are foolish and of course will suffer consequences. We don’t live in fear, this is not what this is talking about. If you are about to enter a business deal and something doesn’t seem right, or you are advised against something, or you know you are about to do something wrong – that is seeing evil. We can choose to hide ourselves by walking away from the deal, listen to advice, or not do the wrong thing. Or, we can choose to be foolish and pass on by continuing with the deal anyway, ignoring the advice, or go ahead and do what we know is wrong – and in doing so, we will be punished, suffer the consequences. Too many times I think Christians are pressured into foolish decisions because they want to keep peace, be nice, not offend, etc – but we have to weigh our options and consider what consequences we my face because of that.

V13 – WHAT? This is one of those verses I look at and say, “Where did that come from?” And then I think, “What in the world could this possibly mean?” So, lets find out.

Matthew Henry = He talks of a lion without, but considers not his real danger from the devil, that roaringlion, which is in bed with him, and from his own slothfulness, which kills him,”

Another unknown author writes = “Many frighten themselves from real duties by imaginary difficulties

Albert Barnes = The point of the satire is the ingenuity with which the slothful man devises the most improbable alarms. He hears that “there is a lion without,” i. e., in the broad open country; he is afraid of being slain in the very streets of the city.

So lazy people make up dumb excuses and worry about imaginary difficulties. Ok, well then, why didn’t they just say that? lol

V22-24 – This isn’t the first time it has said that the Lord is on the side of the poor. Just kind of stuck out at me. Again, this is a little on the personal side as a conformational verse – isn’t God wonderful!

V24-25 – I can tell you that this is VERY true. Sometimes we don’t really know a person until we become good friends with them. This can make this verse very hard, because as soon as we see that angry side, we need to break off that friendship now. Friendship – what does that mean? What does associate mean?

John Gill = Do not associate with him; contract not a familiarity with him; make him not a companion; take him not into an intimacy, or use him as a particular friend and acquaintance: a man should be courteous, and carry it civilly to all men; but he should take care whom he admits as his bosom friend; he should be cautious in his choice of a familiar friend, and not receive any; and, among the rest, avoid an angry and passionate man, one who is much given to passion himself, and stirs it up in others; for there can be no lasting peace and pleasure in such a man’s company and conversation; … not take a walk with him, much less a journey; or shall not be frequently together. It may be rendered, “unto a man of wraths”, or of great wrath and “fury, thou shall not come”; not enter into his house, nor seek his company, and court his conversation, which rather should be shunned.

Wow, some harsh words there: not enter into his house, nor seek his company, and court his conversation, which rather should be shunned. This is one of the verses that we just kind of skip over because it can be very difficult to end a friendship. It doesn’t say if someone is angry with you, it says if someone is angry or wrathful – so if you know they are that way with someone else, then you need to be cautious in continuing an association with him. Guess it goes back to v3 – wise or foolish decision.


Father, thank you for Your words of wisdom and confirmation. Thank you for always being right there where I need You when I need You. It is comforting to know You’ve got my back, front and both sides – I can rest in you. Lord, help us to make the right decisions, to see evil and hide from it so that we will not suffer undo consequences. Father let us walk not in fear but in wisdom. Let us see the real issues, consequences and dangers and not those that we make up and are imaginary. Help us to know the difference and not become sluggards because we can’t. Lord thank You for being there for the poor, those who can not protect themselves, those who need You. Thank you for being there for anyone who needs You and for taking up their case and seeing it through to a just end. Lord, help us to be able to see the angry people and sever our contact with them. Help us to walk in courage as many around us throw words such as judgment at us when we stand on Your word and follow even the hardest of verses. Let them see that in throwing the word judgement out, they are in reality also judging. Let them see what Your word says and recognize the wisdom of it. Help those of us who choose to follow your word, Your laws, Your ways, help us to walk confidently knowing that even though it feels as though we walk alone, we walk with You. Ah, thank you Lord God, In Jesus Name, AMEN!


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