Proverbs 24

24:1 Do not envy evil people,1

do not desire2 to be with them;

24:2 for their hearts contemplate violence,

and their lips speak harm.3

24:3 By4 wisdom a house is built,5

and through understanding it is established;

24:4 by knowledge its rooms are filled

with all kinds of precious and pleasing treasures.

24:5 A wise warrior6 is strong,7

and a man of knowledge makes his strength stronger;

24:6 for with guidance you wage your war,

and with numerous advisers there is victory.8

24:7 Wisdom is unattainable9 for a fool;

in court10 he does not open his mouth.11

24:8 The one who plans to do evil

will be called a scheming person.12

24:9 A foolish scheme13 is sin,

and the scorner is an abomination to people.14

24:10 If you faint15 in the day of trouble,16

your strength is small!17

24:11 Deliver those being taken away to death,

and hold back those slipping to the slaughter.18

24:12 If you say, “But we did not know about this,”

does not the one who evaluates19 hearts consider?

Does not the one who guards your life know?

Will he not repay each person according to his deeds?20

24:13 Eat honey,21 my child, for it is good,

and honey from the honeycomb is sweet to your taste.

24:14 Likewise, know22 that wisdom is sweet23 to your soul;

if you find it,24 you will have a future,25

and your hope will not be cut off.

24:15 Do not lie in wait like the wicked26 against the place where the righteous live;

do not assault27 his home.

24:16 Although28 a righteous person may fall seven times, he gets up again,

but the wicked will be brought down29 by calamity.

24:17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,30

and when he stumbles do not let your heart rejoice,

24:18 lest the Lord see it, and be displeased,31

and turn his wrath away from him.32

24:19 Do not fret because of evil people

or be envious of wicked people,

24:20 for the evil person has no future,33

and the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.34

24:21 Fear the Lord, my child,35 as well as the king,

and do not associate36 with rebels,37

24:22 for suddenly their destruction will overtake them,38

and who knows the ruinous judgment both the Lord and the king can bring?39

Further Sayings of the Wise

24:23 These sayings also are from the wise:

To show partiality40 in judgment is terrible:41

24:24 The one who says to the guilty,42 “You are innocent,”43

peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce44 him.

24:25 But there will be delight45 for those who convict46 the guilty,47

and a pleasing blessing48 will come on them.

24:26 Like a kiss on the lips49

is the one who gives an honest answer.

24:27 Establish your work outside and get your fields ready;

afterward build50 your house.51

24:28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,52

and do not deceive with your words.53

24:29 Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me;

I will pay him back54 according to what he has done.”55

24:30 I passed by the field of a sluggard,

by the vineyard of one who lacks wisdom.56

24:31 I saw57 that thorns had grown up all over it,

the ground58 was covered with weeds,

and its stone wall was broken down.

24:32 When I saw this, I gave careful consideration to it;59

I received instruction from what I saw:60

24:33 “A little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to relax,

24:34 and your poverty will come like a bandit,

and your need like an armed robber.”61

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