Proverbs 24
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1Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them,

2For their heart studies destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

3Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;

4And by knowledge the rooms shall be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

5A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increases strength,

6For by wise counsel you shall make your war; and in a multitude of wise counselors there is safety.

7Wisdom is too high for a fool; he does not open his mouth in the gate.

8He who plots to do evil shall be called a master of devious thoughts.

9The thought of foolishness is sin, and the scorner is an abomination to men.

10If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

11Rescue those being drawn to death, and hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.

12If you say, "Behold, we did not know it," does not He who searches the heart consider it? And the Keeper of your soul, does He not know? And does He not repay to every man according to his works?

13My son, eat honey because it is good; and the honeycomb is sweet to your palate;

14So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; when you have found it, then there shall be a reward, and your hope shall not be cut off.

15O wicked man, do not lie in ambush against the dwelling of the righteous; do not spoil his resting place;

16For a righteous one falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked shall fall into evil.

17Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles,

18Lest the LORD see, and it displease Him, and He turns away His wrath from him.

19Do not fret yourself because of evil men, nor be envious of the wicked;

20For there shall not be a reward to the evil man; the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

21My son, fear the LORD and the king; and do not fellowship with those who are given to change;

22For their trouble shall rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin of them both?

23These things also are for the wise: To have respect of persons in judgment is not good.

24He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," the people shall curse him and nations shall abhor him.

25But to those who rebuke him, it shall be a delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.

26He shall kiss the lips of him who gives a right answer.

27Prepare your work outside, and make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterwards build your house.

28Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, nor deceive with your lips.

29Do not say, "I will do so to him as he has done to me; I will give to the man according to his work."

30I went by the field of the lazy man and by the vineyard of the man without understanding,

31And, behold, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face of it, and its stone wall was broken down.

32Then I saw and considered it well; I looked upon it and I received instruction.

33Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to lie down,

34Then your poverty comes stalking, and your wants like an armed man.

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