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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 22

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1A good name is more desirable than great riches, and high esteem, than gold and silver. x Eccl 7, 1 .

2Rich and poor have a common bond: the LORD is the maker of them all. y Prv 29, 13 .

3The shrewd man perceives evil and hides, while simpletons continue on and suffer the penalty. z Prv 27, 12 .

4The reward of humility and fear of the LORD is riches, honor and life.

5Thorns and snares are on the path of the crooked; he who would safeguard his life will shun them.

6Train a boy in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not swerve from it.

7The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

8He who sows iniquity reaps calamity, a Jb 4, 8; Sir 7, 3; Hos 8, 7 . and the rod destroys his labors.

9The kindly man will be blessed, for he gives of his sustenance to the poor.

10Expel the arrogant man and discord goes out; strife and insult cease.

11The LORD loves the pure of heart; b Mt 5, 8 . the man of winning speech has the king for his friend.

12The eyes of the LORD safeguard knowledge, but he defeats the projects of the faithless.

13The sluggard says, “A lion is outside; c Prv 26, 13 . in the streets I might be slain.”*

14The mouth of the adulteress is a deep pit; d Prv 23, 27 . he with whom the LORD is angry will fall into it.

15Folly is close to the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.

16He who oppresses the poor to enrich himself will yield up his gains to the rich as sheer loss.*

17The sayings of the wise:* Incline your ear, and hear my words, e Prv 5, 1 . and apply your heart to my doctrine;

18For it will be well if you keep them in your bosom, if they all are ready on your lips.

19That your trust may be in the LORD, I make known to you the words of Amen‐em‐Ope.*

20Have I not written for you the “Thirty,” with counsels and knowledge,

21To teach you truly how to give a dependable report to one who sends you?

22Injure not the poor because they are poor, nor crush the needy at the gate;

23For the LORD will defend their cause, f Prv 23, 11 . and will plunder the lives of those who plunder them.

24Be not friendly with a hotheaded man, nor the companion of a wrathful man,

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

26Be not one of those who give their hand in pledge, of those who become surety for debts; g Prv 6, 1f; 11, 15; 17, 18 .

27For if you have not the means to pay, your bed will be taken from under you.

28Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers set up. h Prv 23, 10; Dt 19, 14; 27, 17 .

29You see a man skilled at his work? He will stand in the presence of kings; he will not stand in the presence of obscure men.

Notes:

x: Eccl 7, 1 .

y: Prv 29, 13 .

z: Prv 27, 12 .

a: Jb 4, 8; Sir 7, 3; Hos 8, 7 .

b: Mt 5, 8 .

c: Prv 26, 13 .

d: Prv 23, 27 .

e: Prv 5, 1 .

f: Prv 23, 11 .

g: Prv 6, 1f; 11, 15; 17, 18 .

h: Prv 23, 10; Dt 19, 14; 27, 17 .

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