Proverbs 24-26 Darby’s Translation

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24 1  Be not thou envious of evil men, neither desire to be with them; 2  for their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

3  Through wisdom is a house built, and by understanding it is established; 4  and by knowledge are the chambers filled with all precious and pleasant substance. 5  A wise man is strong, and a man of knowledge increaseth strength. 6  For with good advice shalt thou make thy war; and in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

7  Wisdom is too high for a fool: he will not open his mouth in the gate. 8  He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a master of intrigues. 9  The purpose of folly is sin, and the scorner is an abomination to men.

10  [If] thou losest courage in the day of trouble, thy strength is small.

11  Deliver them that are taken forth unto death, and withdraw not from them that stagger to slaughter. 12  If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not, will not he that weigheth the hearts consider it? And he that preserveth thy soul, he knoweth it; and he rendereth to man according to his work.

13  Eat honey, my son, for it is good; and a honeycomb is sweet to thy taste: 14  so consider wisdom for thy soul; if thou hast found it, there shall be a result, and thine expectation shall not be cut off.

15  Lay not wait, O wicked [man], against the dwelling of the righteous; lay not waste his resting-place. 16  For the righteous falleth seven times, and riseth up again; but the wicked stumble into disaster.

17  Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thy heart be glad when he stumbleth; 18  lest Jehovah see it, and it be evil in his sight, and he turn away his anger from him.

19  Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, [and] be not envious of the wicked: 20  for there shall be no future to the evil [man]; the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

21  My son, fear Jehovah and the king: meddle not with them that are given to change. 22  For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

23  These things also come from the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. 24  He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous, peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him; 25  but to them that rebuke [him] shall be delight, and a good blessing cometh upon them. 26  He kisseth the lips who giveth a right answer.

27  Prepare thy work without, and put thy field in order, and afterwards build thy house.

28  Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and wouldest thou deceive with thy lips? 29  Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me, I will render to the man according to his work.

30  I went by the field of a sluggard, and by the vineyard of a man void of understanding; 31  and lo, it was all grown over with thistles, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and its stone wall was broken down. 32  Then I looked, I took it to heart; I saw, I received instruction: 33  —A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest! 34  So shall thy poverty come [as] a roving plunderer, and thy penury as an armed man.

Comparisons and Moral Lessons

25 1  These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah transcribed.

2  It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a thing. 3  The heavens for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

4  Take away the dross from the silver, and there cometh forth a vessel for the refiner: 5  take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

6  Put not thyself forward in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of the great; 7  for better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither, than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes see.

8  Go not forth hastily to strive, lest [thou know not] what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. 9  Debate thy cause with thy neighbour, but reveal not the secret of another; 10  lest he that heareth [it] disgrace thee, and thine evil report turn not away.

11  [As] apples of gold in pictures of silver, is a word spoken in season. 12  An ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, is a wise reprover upon an attentive ear.

13  As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, [so] is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.

14  Clouds and wind without rain, [so] is a man that boasteth himself of a false gift.

15  By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

16  Hast thou found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be surfeited therewith, and vomit it.

17  Let thy foot be seldom in thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee and hate thee.

18  A maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow, is a man that beareth false witness against his neighbour.

19  A broken tooth, and a tottering foot, is confidence in an unfaithful [man] in the day of trouble.

20  [As] he that taketh off a garment in cold weather, [and as] vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to a sad heart.

21  If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 22  for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and Jehovah shall reward thee.

23  The north wind bringeth forth rain, and the angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

24  It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman, and a house in common.

25  [As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

26  A troubled fountain, and a defiled well, is a righteous [man] that giveth way before the wicked.

27  It is not good to eat much honey; and to search into weighty matters is [itself] a weight.

28  He that hath no rule over his own spirit is [as] a city broken down, without walls.

26 1  As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour beseemeth not a fool.

2  As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved shall not come.

3  A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools.

4  Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. 5  Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.

6  He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off [his own] feet, [and] drinketh damage. 7  The legs of the lame hang loose; so is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 8  As a bag of gems in a stoneheap, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. 9  [As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

10  A master roughly worketh every one: he both hireth the fool and hireth passers-by.

11  As a dog turneth back to its vomit, [so] a fool repeateth his folly.

12  Hast thou seen a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him.

13  The sluggard saith, There is a fierce lion in the way; a lion is in the midst of the streets!

14  [As] the door turneth upon its hinges, so the sluggard upon his bed.

15  The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish: it wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth.

16  A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven [men] that answer discreetly.

17  He that passing by vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is [like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.

18  As a madman who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 19  so is a man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am I not in sport?

20  Where no wood is, the fire goeth out; and where there is no talebearer, the contention ceaseth. 21  [As] coals for hot coals, and wood for fire, so is a contentious man to inflame strife. 22  The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

23  Ardent lips, and a wicked heart, are [as] an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.

24  He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, but he layeth up deceit within him: 25  when his voice is gracious, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26  Though [his] hatred is covered by dissimulation, his wickedness shall be made manifest in the congregation.

27  Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him.

28  A lying tongue hateth those that are injured by it, and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

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