Proverbs 24

Precepts and Warnings

1Do not be a  envious of evil men,
Nor desire to b  be with them;
2For their
Lit hearts
minds devise d  violence,
And their lips e  talk of trouble.

3 f  By wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
4And by knowledge the rooms are g  filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.

5A h  wise man is
Lit in strength
strong,
And a man of knowledge
Lit strengthens power
increases power.
6For k  by wise guidance you will
Lit make battle for yourself
wage war,
And m  in abundance of counselors there is victory.

7Wisdom is n  too exalted for a fool,
He does not open his mouth o  in the gate.

8One who p  plans to do evil,
Men will call a
Or deviser of evil
schemer.
9The r  devising of folly is sin,
And the scoffer is an abomination to men.

10If 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.
12If 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?

13My son, eat aa  honey, for it is good,
Yes, the ab  honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;
14Know 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;
16For 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;
18Or the  Lord will see it and
Lit it is evil in His eyes
be displeased,
And turn His anger away from him.

19 ak  Do not fret because of evildoers
Or be al  envious of the wicked;
20For am  there will be no
Lit latter end
,
ao  future for the evil man;
The ap  lamp of the wicked will be put out.

21My son
Or reverence
,
ar  fear the  Lord and the king;
Do not associate with those who are given to change,
22For their as  calamity will rise suddenly,
And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?

23These also are at  sayings of the wise.
To
Lit regard the face
,
av  show partiality in judgment is not good.
24He aw  who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
ax  Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;
25But ay  to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
26He kisses the lips
Who gives
Or an honest
a right answer.

27Prepare your work outside
And ba  make it ready for yourself in the field;
Afterwards, then, build your house.

28Do 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 back
render to the man according to his work.”

30I passed by the field of the sluggard
And by the vineyard of the man bf  lacking
Lit heart
sense,
31And 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.
32When I saw, I
Lit set my heart
reflected upon it;
I looked, and received instruction.
33 bm  A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,”
34Then your poverty will come as
Or a vagabond; lit one who walks
a robber
And your want like
Lit a man with a shield
an armed man.

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