Proverbs 22:1–8 (NKJV)

1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

2 The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all.

3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.

4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them.

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

7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.

8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail.

It seems that many in our postmodern world have their priorities askew.  Riches are so important to the ambitious that they are pursued by any means necessary.  Integrity is not necessarily valuable any longer to many.  However, what is not recognized is the fact that the rich and poor are equal in the eyes of God.  Wisdom seeks to avoid evil and live by the principles of humility and honoring God.  In order to help a child be successful in life, parents should train up a child in the ways of God.  In life, the rich are leaders and those who sow iniquity reap sorrow and punishment.  The final word is simple: seek to be a person of integrity and live a simple life.  God will raise up such and will punish the evil and foolish.  Pass that faith along to the next generation and let the blessings continue down your bloodline!

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