Proverbs 241My son, envy not bad men, nor desire to be with them. 2For their heart meditates falsehoods, and their lips speak of mischief. 3A house is built by wisdom, and is set up by understanding. 4By discretion the chambers are filled with all precious and excellent wealth. 5A wise man is better than a strong man, and a man who has prudence than a large estate. 6War is carried on with wise counsel, and aid is supplied to the heart of a counselor. 7Wisdom and good understanding are in the gates of the wise; the wise turn not aside from the mouth of the Lord, 8(24:7A) but deliberate in council. (24:9) Death befalls uninstructed men. 9The fools also dies in sins, and uncleanness attaches to a pestilent man. 10He shall be defiled in the evil day, and in the day of affliction, until he is utterly consumed. 11Deliver them that are led away to death, and redeem them that are appointed to be slain; spare not your help. 12But if you should say, I know not this man; know that the Lord knows the hearts of all; and He that formed breath for all, He knows all things, who renders to every man according to his works. 13My son, eat honey, for the honeycomb is good, that your mouth may be sweetened. 14Thus shall you perceive wisdom in your soul: for if you find it, your end shall be good, and hope shall not fail you. 15Bring not an ungodly man into the dwelling of the righteous: neither be deceived by the feeding of the belly. 16For a righteous man will fall seven times, and rise again, but the ungodly shall be without strength in troubles. 17If your enemy should fall, rejoice not over him, neither be elated at his overthrow. 18For the Lord will see it, and it will not please Him, and He will turn away His wrath from him. 19Rejoice not in evildoers, neither be envious of sinners. 20For the evil man shall have no posterity, and the light of the wicked shall be put out. 21My son, fear God and the king, and do not disobey either of them. 22For they will suddenly punish the ungodly, and who can know the vengeance inflicted by both? 22!AA son that keeps the commandment shall escape destruction, for such a one has fully received it. 22!BLet no falsehood be spoken by the king from the tongue; yea, let no falsehood proceed from his tongue. 22!CThe king's tongue is a sword, and not one of flesh; and whosoever shall be given up to it shall be destroyed: 22!Dfor if his wrath should be provoked, he destroys men with cords, 22!Eand devours men's bones, and burns them up as a flame, so that they are not even fit to be eaten by the young eagles. 22!FMy son, honor my words, and receive them, and repent. 23And this thing I say to you that are wise, for you to learn: It is not good to show partiality in judgment. 24He that says of the ungodly, He is righteous, shall be cursed by peoples, and hateful among the nations. 25But they that reprove him shall appear more excellent, and blessing shall come upon them; 26and men will kiss the lips that answer well. 27Prepare your works for your going forth, and prepare yourself for the field; and come after me, and you shall rebuild your house. 28Be not a false witness against your fellow citizen, neither exaggerate with your lips. 29Say not, As he has treated me, so will I treat him, and I will avenge myself on him for that in which he has injured me. 30A foolish man is like a farm, and a senseless man is like a vineyard. 31If you let him alone, he will altogether remain barren and covered with weeds; and he becomes destitute, and his stone walls are broken down. 32Afterwards I reflected, I looked that I might receive instruction. 33The sluggard says, I slumber a little, and I sleep a little, and for a little while I fold my arms across my breast. 34But if you do this, your poverty will come speedily; and your need like a swift courier.
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