Proverbs 22:01 – Respect or Riches?

It is better to be respected than to be rich. A good name is worth more than silver or gold.

(Pro 22:1 ERV)

Now I don’t for a second think that this verse is about being a people pleaser. Rather the intent is to make a name for yourself by being the kind of person who warrants respect. A people pleaser panders for respect, a person with a “good name” earns respect.

Earning respect is difficult. It requires work. It required consistent integrity. But earning respect will keep friends closer, and gives you leeway in dealing with them. Earn respect, not riches.

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