Proverbs 24 New American Standard Bible

24 1  Do not be envious of evil men , Nor desire to be with them; 2  For their minds devise violence , And their lips talk of trouble .

3  By wisdom a house is built , And by understanding it is established ; 4  And by knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches . 5  A wise man is strong , And a man of knowledge increases power . 6  For by wise guidance you will wage war , And in abundance of counselors there is victory .

7  Wisdom is too exalted for a fool , He does not open his mouth in the gate . 8  One who plans to do evil , Men will call a schemer e . 9  The devising of folly is sin , And the scoffer is an abomination to men .

10  If you are slack in the day of distress , Your strength is limited .

11  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 consider it who weighs the hearts ? And does He not know it who keeps your soul ? And will He not render to man according to his work ?

13  My son , eat honey , for it is good , Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste ; 14  Know that wisdom is thus for your soul ; If you find it, then there will be a future , And your hope will not be cut off .

15  Do not lie in wait , O wicked man , against the dwelling of the righteous ; Do not destroy his resting place ; 16  For a righteous man falls seven times , and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity .

17  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 be displeased e , And turn His anger away from him.

19  Do not fret because of evildoers Or be envious of the wicked ; 20  For there will be no future for the evil man ; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.

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

23  These also are sayings of the wise . To show partiality e in judgment is not good . 24  He who says to the wicked , "You are righteous ," Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him; 25  But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight , And a good blessing will come upon them. 26  He kisses the lips Who gives a right answer .

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

28  Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause , And do not deceive with your lips . 29  Do not say , "Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work ."

30  I passed by the field of the sluggard And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense , 31  And behold , it was completely overgrown with thistles ; Its surface was covered with nettles , And its stone wall was broken down . 32  When I saw , I reflected e upon it; I looked , and received instruction . 33  " A little sleep , a little slumber , A little folding of the hands to rest ," 34  Then your poverty will come as a robber And your want like an armed man .


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