Precepts and Warnings1 Do not be a envious of evil men,
Nor desire to b be with them;
2 For their ▼
▼ Lit heartsminds devise d violence,
And their lips e talk of trouble.
3 f By wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
4 And by knowledge the rooms are g filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A h wise man is ▼
▼ Lit in strengthstrong,
And a man of knowledge ▼
▼ Lit strengthens powerincreases power.
6 For k by wise guidance you will ▼
▼ Lit make battle for yourselfwage war,
And m in abundance of counselors there is victory.
7 Wisdom is n too exalted for a fool,
He does not open his mouth o in the gate.
8 One who p plans to do evil,
Men will call a ▼
▼ Or deviser of evilschemer.
9 The r devising of folly is sin,
And the scoffer is an abomination to men.
10 If you s are slack in the day of distress,
Your strength is limited.
11 t Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.
12 If you say, “See, we did not know this,”
Does He not u consider it v who weighs the hearts?
And w does He not know it who x keeps your soul?
And will He not ▼
▼ Lit bring back, z render to man according to his work?
13 My son, eat aa honey, for it is good,
Yes, the ab honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;
14 Know that ac wisdom is thus for your soul;
If you find it, then there will be a ▼
▼ Lit latter end, ae future,
And your hope will not be cut off.
15 af Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;
Do not destroy his resting place;
16 For a ag righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,
But the ah wicked stumble in time of calamity.
17 ai Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
18 Or the Lord will see it and ▼
▼ Lit it is evil in His eyesbe displeased,
And turn His anger away from him.
19 ak Do not fret because of evildoers
Or be al envious of the wicked;
20 For am there will be no ▼
▼ Lit latter end, ao future for the evil man;
The ap lamp of the wicked will be put out.
21 My son ▼
▼ Or reverence, ar fear the Lord and the king;
Do not associate with those who are given to change,
22 For their as calamity will rise suddenly,
And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?
23 These also are at sayings of the wise.
▼ Lit regard the face, av show partiality in judgment is not good.
24 He aw who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
ax Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;
25 But ay to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
26 He kisses the lips
Who gives ▼
▼ Or an honesta right answer.
27 Prepare your work outside
And ba make it ready for yourself in the field;
Afterwards, then, build your house.
28 Do not be a bb witness against your neighbor without cause,
And bc do not deceive with your lips.
29 bd Do not say, “Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me;
I will ▼
▼ Lit bring backrender to the man according to his work.”
30 I passed by the field of the sluggard
And by the vineyard of the man bf lacking ▼
▼ Lit heartsense,
31 And behold, it was completely bh overgrown with thistles;
Its surface was covered with ▼
▼ I.e. a kind of weed, bj nettles,
And its stone bk wall was broken down.
32 When I saw, I ▼
▼ Lit set my heartreflected upon it;
I looked, and received instruction.
33 bm “A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,”
34 Then your poverty will come as ▼
▼ Or a vagabond; lit one who walksa robber
And your want like ▼
▼ Lit a man with a shieldan armed man.
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