Proverbs 24

1Be not thou envious against evil men, nor desire to be with them. 2For their heart meditates oppression, and their lips talk of mischief. 3Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established, 4and by knowledge the chambers are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 5A wise man is strong, yea, a man of knowledge increases might. 6For by wise guidance thou shall make thy war, and in the multitude of counselors there is safety. 7Wisdom is too high for a fool. He opens not his mouth in the gate. 8He who devises to do evil, men shall call him a mischief-maker. 9The thought of folly is sin. And the scoffer is an abomination to men. 10If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. 11Deliver those who are carried away to death, and hold thou back those who are ready to be slain. 12If thou say, Behold, we did not know this, Does not he who weighs the hearts consider it? And he who keeps thy soul, does he not know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his work? 13My son, eat thou honey, for it is good, and the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to thy taste, 14so the knowledge of wisdom is to thy soul. If thou have found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy hope shall not be cut off. 15Lay not in wait, O wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous. Do not destroy his resting place. 16For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again, but the wicked are overthrown by calamity. 17Rejoice not when thine enemy falls, and let not thy heart be glad when he is overthrown, 18lest Jehovah see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. 19Fret not thyself because of evildoers, nor be thou envious at the wicked. 20For there shall be no reward to the evil man. The lamp of the wicked shall be put out. 21My son, fear thou Jehovah and the king, and do not associate with those who are given to change. 22For their calamity shall rise suddenly, and the destruction from them both, who knows it? 23These also are from the wise: To have respect of persons in judgment is not good. 24He who says to a wicked man, Thou are righteous, peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him. 25But to those who rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them. 26He who gives a right answer kisses the lips. 27Prepare thy work outside, and make it ready for thee in the field, and afterwards build thy house. 28Be not a witness against thy neighbor without cause, and deceive not with thy lips. 29Say not, I will do so to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work. 30I went by the field of the sluggard, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding. 31And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns. The face of it was covered with nettles, and the stone wall of it was broken down. 32Then I beheld, and considered well. I saw, and received instruction: 33Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep, 34so thy poverty shall come as a robber, and thy want as an armed man.
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