Proverbs 22:1-10

1A good name is to be chosen more than great riches; favor more than silver or gold.

2The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the maker of them both.

3The prudent sees danger and hides himself; the simple go on and are punished.

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

5Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul [life] stays far from them.

6Train up a child in the say he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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

8He who sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his anger will fail.

9He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

10Drive out the scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.

Your reputation is more important than money (1). God is the great equalizer between rich and poor, because he has made both (2). Bowling ahead despite warnings is a simple-minded move (3). Those who fear God tend toward financial stability, honor, and life (4). If you guard hour soul, you stay away from the path of the perverse (5). Children have a tendency to make their upbringing permanent (6). Debt is dumb (7). Leadership requires a commitment to justice, or you will fail (8). If your eye is trained on the needs of others instead of just yourself, you’ll be blessed (9). The scoffer is the cause of the all the strife in the room; get rid of him and the room gets better (10).

Today is a good day to remember that debt is dumb. Borrowing money makes you a slave. When God is truly blessing you financially, you are not running up a credit card. Have some discipline.

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