Proverbs 22:1–2; Proverbs 22:7; Proverbs 22:9; Proverbs 22:16; Proverbs 22:26–27

22  pA good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,

and favor is better than silver or gold.

qThe rich and the poor meet together;

the Lord is rthe Maker of them all.


xThe rich rules over the poor,

and the borrower is the slave of the lender.


aWhoever has a bountiful1 eye will be blessed,

for he bshares his bread with the poor.


16  Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth,

or gives to the rich, owill only come to poverty.


26  Be not one of those who ygive pledges,

who put up security for debts.

27  If you have nothing with which to pay,

why should zyour bed be taken from under you?