A good reputation for godliness is worth more than physical riches; and finding favor with God is far more precious that great physical wealth. We obtain favor and a good name with God by our zeal for learning his ways, living by his Word and internalizing the nature and mind of Jesus Christ and God the Father.
Proverbs 22:1 A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
There is no respecting of persons with God: Before God and before the law of God the physically rich and poor are equal. . We shall all be judged out of the same books according to our works of zeal for godliness, or the wickedness of exalting our own ways above the Word of God.
22:2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
The physically and spiritually foolish who give no thought to warnings of affliction will fall into severe correction.
22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
All those who fear and respect God enough to wholeheartedly seek to learn and live by every Word of God; shall inherit eternal life and much reward.
22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
The spiritually wise should separate themselves from the stubborn and self-willed, because the wicked will be abased with strong correction.
22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
If we teach our children proper physical values they will tend to prosper physically, and when God’s faithful diligently learn spiritual values and set an example of godliness, teaching the eternal values of God’s Word and living by every Word of God, they and their faithful children shall prosper.
22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The physically rich rise over the poor and the spiritually rich who are zealous for all the things of God shall rule the earth as the resurrected kings and priests of the Kingdom of God (Rev 5:10).
22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
The person who compromises with the Word of God will reap emptiness and destruction, and the rod of his power shall be destroyed.
22:8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
If we are repentant and faithful, Jesus Christ is bountiful to give to us the Bread of Life eternal which is the Word of God, to cleanse us from all sincerely repented sin and fill us with the Living Waters of the Holy Spirit.
Those who are generous and not selfish, will be blessed with increase, for many of the recipients of our bounty will remember our generosity and will give us their help when it is needed.
22:9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
If we thrust the scorner of sound doctrine and zeal for God out of the assemblies, contention shall cease; if we are each individually united with Jesus Christ and God the Father, unity in godliness will flourish with all those who are also in unity with God.
The ridiculous concept of tolerating false doctrine in order to have organizational unity, separates us from God and is anathema to Christ!
22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
If we love purity of heart and abhor every shadow of sin; we shall be a friend of the King of kings!
If we compromise and sin being impure of heart and spiritually unclean; we shall be rejected from the presence of Jesus Christ and God the Father.
22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
Jesus Christ and God the Father preserve truth and wisdom, by overthrowing all falsehood and sin.
22:12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
The physically lazy will find any excuse not to work; the spiritually lazy are no different
22:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
The physically foolish is ensnared by his lust, and the spiritually foolish are ensnared by tolerating following false teachings [doctrines] away from what is godly and lawful.
The person who tolerates false doctrine will be ensnared by it; and shall become abhorrent to God the Father and Jesus Christ.
22:14 The mouth [enticing words] of strange women [spiritually, the enticements of false doctrine] is a deep pit [a grave of death]: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
As a good parent corrects his children when the need is there; so the God our heavenly Father will correct his children when the need arises.
22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
Jesus Christ loathes the oppressor, who like Pharaoh rules the people with rigor. Christ hates the doctrine and deeds of the Nicolaitanes; which is the exalting of men between God and his flock [Sheep Stealing].
Christ also hates the deeds of Balaam who for reward led people into sin, as many do today.
Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication [spiritually by following any other teachings than our Lord’s] .
2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes [exalting the words of men above the Word of God; which is idolatry], which thing I hate.
2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Proverbs 22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
How beautiful and pleasant are the teachings and commandments of every Word of God! Trust in our Mighty One who reveals wisdom and delivers his faithful!
22:17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. 22:18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. 22:19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. 22:20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, 22:21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
Oppressing others and taking advantage of the poor is a terrible sin before God. Robbing the poor includes coercing excessive offerings from the poor by pastors. Such wickedness will not go unpunished.
22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: 22:23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
Stay away from a hot tempered person or you will be caught up in his wickedness, and do not learn his/her ways. Thinking before speaking or acting is proper discretion and wisdom.
22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: 22:25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
God the Father and Jesus Christ teach Personal Responsibility for all our words and actions, both physical and spiritual.
Verse 26 is not about partnership in business, or helping those poor and needy through no fault of their own; it is a reference to guaranteeing the debts of the lazy who are only taking advantage of us, when our charity will not benefit them, only encouraging further laziness.
22:26 Be not thou one of them that strike [shake hands in agreement] hands, or of them that are sureties for debts. 22:27 If thou [he] hast nothing to pay, why should he [the creditor] take away thy bed from under thee?
Do not move an established landmark which is stealing land. The sin of Judah today.
Hosea 5:10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound [boundaries, steal land]: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
Proverbs 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
Those diligent in the spiritual things of God; shall stand accepted before God the Father and Jesus Christ, the King of kings.
22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.