Proverbs 24

They have stricken me, [shalt thou say, and] I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I felt [it] not: when shall I awake? I will {q} seek it yet again.

(q) Though drunkenness makes them more insensible then beasts, yet they can not refrain.
Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the {a} gate.

(a) In the place where wisdom should be shown.
[If] thou {b} faintest in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.

(b) Man has no trial of his strength till he is in trouble.
If thou refraineth to deliver [them that are] drawn to {c} death, and [those that are] ready to be slain;

(c) No one can be excused, if he does not help the innocent when he is in danger.
My son, eat thou {d} honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste:

(d) As honey is sweet and pleasant to the taste, so wisdom is to the soul.
For a just [man] {e} falleth seven times, and riseth again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

(e) He is subject to many perils, but God delivers him.
Lest the LORD see [it], and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath {f} from him.

(f) To be avenged on you.
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them {g} both?

(g) Meaning, either of the wicked and seditious, as in Pr 24:19,21 or of them who do not fear God or obey their king.
Prepare thy work outside, and make it fit for thyself in the field; {h} and afterwards build thy house.

(h) Be sure of the means how to compass it, before you take any enterprise in hand.
Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I {i} will render to the man according to his work.

(i) He shows what is the nature of the wicked, to revenge wrong for wrong.
Then I saw, [and] considered [it] well: I looked upon [it, and] received {k} instruction.

(k) That I might learn by another man's fault.
[Yet] a little sleep, {l} a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:


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