Proverbs 22:1

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A Good name is rather to be chosen then great riches, and louing fauour rather then siluer & golde.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A {good} name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A `good' name is rather to be chosen than great riches, `And' loving favor rather than silver and gold.
- American Standard Version (1901)

A good name is more to be desired than great wealth, and to be respected is better than silver and gold.
- Basic English Bible

A [good] name is rather to be chosen than great riches; loving favour rather than silver and gold.
- Darby Bible

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.
- Webster's Bible

A good name is more desirable than great riches, and loving favor is better than silver and gold.
- World English Bible

A name is chosen rather than much wealth, Than silver and than gold -- good grace.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 22:1


22:1 Favour - A good report among men, especially good men, and that hearty kindness which attends it.


Discussion for Proverbs 22

  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 22:6 TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO AND WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT 22:15 FOOLISHNESS IS BOUND IN THE HEART OF A CHILD BUT THE ROD OF CORRECTION SHALL DRIVE IT FAR FROM HIM DEUTERONOMY 29:29 THE SECRET THINGS BELONG TO THE LORD OUR GOD BUT THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE REVEALED BELONG UNTO US AND TO --- OUR CHILDREN --- FOREVER THAT WE MAY DO ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LAW
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 22:20 HAVE NOT I WRITTEN TO THEE EXCELLENT THINGS IN COUNSEL 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*****2 THESSALONIANS 2:10 AND WITH ALL DECEIVEABLENESS OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IN THEM THAT PERISH BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED
  • A disciple
    Mimi; This Proverb has to do with keeping guard over what kind of influences we will encounter, so not to let a bad character or behavior rub off on us. This is not really the case when someone is abusive or violent toward us; but for in a social setting, as of among friends and coworkers, etc. If someone is hurting you, you have to get away from that person to a safe place, and get help quickly!
  • Mr. Smith
    Mimi. The verse is saying literally, "don't be like" the angry/furious man or you might learn to be the same way. "Make no friendship with" is saying, "don't show that you approve" of the behavior. You can take authority over the spirit of anger in Jesus name. Also pray in the spirit (Rom 8:26-27). If there is physical abuse, get out and get help. You're not to be a door mat or punching bag.
  • BSP
    We need to be clever in practical affairs or sharp witted in order to avoid calamity as verse 3 shows.
  • Demelash for verse 26
    This is a good warning. Basically saying not to cosign for another person. This situation comes up usually when a person is buying a car. A family member asked me to co-sign for her a vehicle and I remembered this scripture. It is not sinful or wrong to co-sign, just not wise.

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