Scripture TextFirst Thought
Prov 22:1 “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”What others think matters.
Prov 22:2 “Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.”Common Ground.
Prov 22:4 “Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.”The wages of pride.
Prov 22:6 “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”Parents: There is hope. The results are forthcoming. Hang in there.
Prov 22:10 “Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.”Tolerance has its price.
Prov 22:13 “The sluggard says, ‘There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!'”One is never short of excuses for being lazy!
Prov 22:15 “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.”Parents: It is discipline, not the rod, that is effective.
Prov 22:22-23 “Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the LORD will take up their case and will exact life for life.”Oppose the oppressed and take on God Almighty as your opponent.
Prov 22:24-25 “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.”We become like those we’re around. Choose your friends carefully.
Prov 22:26-27 “Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.”Delayed gratification. A lost art.
Prov 22:29 “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.”Mediocrity is no virtue.

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