The wisdom of Proverbs 22 is distilled into 22 principles for making a good and successful person. It is re-organized into 8 keys for ease of memory and application. Learn them well for your success.Getting Wisdom from Proverbs 22
The first step is to rephrase each verse with a few keywords. Then we try to group them and give a higher level title. The end result is shown in the mind-map:
The Summary Map:
The Detailed Map showing how the summary map is derived.
The 22 Principles
- #0 Foundational Truth- Priority of Life
- Your identity & relationship are more important than wealth.
- What you are is more important than what you own.
- Life is What you do with What you are born with.
- Hence do and live well.
- 1 God is 1st - Worship & Trust Him -Fear God and develop Humility
- #2 Fear of God & Humility brings Success
- #16 Trust the Lord
- 2 Be Righteous & Just
- #17 Know Right & True
- #3 Being Straight brings Life
- #6 Be Just - Injustice brings calamity -Abuses of Power brings disaster
- #14 Exploit or Bully Others Not
- #18 Do Not Exploit the Weak
- #21 Don't Cheat
- 3 Prudence
- #1 Be Prudent - Escape Danger -36计 走为上计！e.g. Joseph running away from his master's wife approaches
- #12 Watch out for Temptations
- #20 Don't Make Pledges nor Put up Security when You are Unable
- 4 Learning & Training
- #4 Training from Young brings Lasting Result
- #10 Learning Always.
- #13 Discipline is needed
- #15 Internalize Knowledge to be able to use it anytime.
- 5 Be Generously Kind - The Key to Master Wealth
- #5 Wealth has Power & Influence - Use it Well
- #7 Be Kind & Generous
- 6 Away from Bad Influences
- #8 Get Rid of, Or Stay Away from, Trouble Makers - e.g. Mocking Others, Complaints, Proud, Gossipers
- #19 Stay Away from Angry Influence
- 7 Grace & Truth
- #9 Promotion Comes from Purity & Gracefulness
- 8 Work Hard
- #11 Be Diligent
- #22 Be Skillful - Excel in Your Work
For another perspective, see also, How to Get Wealth and Go for Something Even Better...
If you are wondering whether this teaching is still applicable today, see Billionaire's Wisdom for Life Matches with Bible Proverbs 22
Lim Liat (c) 22 Feb 2018