Proverbs 24
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Do Not Envy

Saying 20

1Do not envy wicked men

or desire their company;

2for their hearts devise violence,

and their lips declare trouble.

Saying 21

3By wisdom a house is built

and by understanding it is established;

4through knowledge its rooms are filled

with every precious and beautiful treasure.

Saying 22

5A wise man is strong,a

and a man of knowledge enhances his strength.

6Only with sound guidance should you wage war,

and victory lies in a multitude of counselors.

Saying 23

7Wisdom is too high for a fool;

he does not open his mouth in the meeting place.

Saying 24

8He who plots evil

will be called a schemer.

9A foolish scheme is sin,

and a mocker is detestable to men.

Saying 25

10If you faint in the day of distress,

how small is your strength!

11Rescue those being led away to death,

and restrain those stumbling toward the slaughter.

12If you say, “Behold, we did not know about this,”

does not He who weighs hearts consider it?

Does not the One who guards your life know?

Will He not repay a man according to his deeds?

Saying 26

13Eat honey, my son, for it is good,

and the honeycomb is sweet to your taste.

14Know therefore that wisdom is sweet to your soul.

If you find it, there is a future for you,

and your hope will never be cut off.

Saying 27

15Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, near the dwelling of the righteous;

do not destroy his resting place.

16For though a righteous man may fall seven times, he still gets up;

but the wicked stumble in bad times.

Saying 28

17Do not gloat when your enemy falls,

and do not let your heart rejoice when he stumbles,

18or the LORD will see and disapprove,

and turn His wrath away from him.

Saying 29

19Do not fret over evildoers,

and do not be envious of the wicked.

20For the evil man has no future;

the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.

Saying 30

21My son, fear the LORD and the king,

and do not associate with the rebellious.

22For they will bring sudden destruction.

Who knows what ruin they can bring?

Further Sayings of the Wise

23These also are sayings of the wise:

To show partiality in judgment

is not good.

24Whoever tells the guilty, “You are innocent”—

peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce him;

25but it will go well with those who convict the guilty,

and rich blessing will come upon them.

26An honest answer given

is like a kiss on the lips.

27Complete your outdoor work and prepare your field;

after that, you may build your house.

28Do not testify against your neighbor without cause,

and do not deceive with your lips.

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

I will repay the man according to his work.”

30I went past the field of a slacker

and by the vineyard of a man lacking judgment.

31Thorns had grown up everywhere,

thistles had covered the ground,

and the stone wall was broken down.

32I observed and took it to heart;

I looked and received instruction:

33A little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to rest,

34and poverty will come upon you like a robber,

and need like a bandit.


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