Proverbs 24-26 New American Standard Bible

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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 .

Comparisons and Moral Lessons

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

2  It is the glory of God to conceal a matter , But the glory of kings is to search out a matter . 3  As the heavens for height and the earth for depth , So the heart of kings is unsearchable e .

4  Take away the dross from the silver , And there comes out a vessel for the smith ; 5  Take away the wicked before the king , And his throne will be established in righteousness .

6  Do not claim honor in the presence of the king , And do not stand in the place of great men ; 7  For it is better that it be said to you, "Come up here ," Than for you to be placed lower in the presence of the prince , Whom your eyes have seen .

8  Do not go out hastily to argue your case; Otherwise , what will you do in the end , When your neighbor humiliates you? 9  Argue your case with your neighbor , And do not reveal the secret of another , 10  Or he who hears it will reproach you, And the evil report about you will not pass away .

11  Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances . 12  Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise reprover to a listening ear .

13  Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters .

14  Like clouds and wind without rain Is a man who boasts of his gifts falsely .

15  By forbearance e a ruler may be persuaded , And a soft tongue breaks the bone .

16  Have you found honey ? Eat only what you need , That you not have it in excess and vomit it.

17  Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor's house , Or he will become weary of you and hate you.

18  Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow Is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor .

19  Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble .

20  Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day , or like vinegar on soda , Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart .

21  If your enemy is hungry , give him food to eat ; And if he is thirsty , give him water to drink ; 22  For you will heap burning coals on his head , And the Lord will reward you.

23  The north wind brings forth rain , And a backbiting tongue , an angry countenance .

24  It is better to live in a corner of the roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman .

25  Like cold water to a weary soul , So is good news from a distant land .

26  Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked .

27  It is not good to eat much honey , Nor is it glory to search out one's own glory .

28  Like a city that is broken into and without walls Is a man who has no control over his spirit .

26 1  Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest , So honor is not fitting for a fool .

2  Like a sparrow in its flitting , like a swallow in its flying , So a curse without cause does not alight .

3  A whip is for the horse , a bridle for the donkey , And a rod for the back of fools .

4  Do not answer a fool according to his folly , Or you will also be like him. 5  Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes .

6  He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool . 7  Like the legs which are useless to the lame , So is a proverb in the mouth of fools . 8  Like one who binds a stone in a sling , So is he who gives honor to a fool . 9  Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard , So is a proverb in the mouth of fools .

10  Like an archer who wounds everyone , So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

11  Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly .

12  Do you see a man wise in his own eyes ? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13  The sluggard says , "There is a lion in the road ! A lion is in the open square !"

14  As the door turns on its hinges , So does the sluggard on his bed .

15  The sluggard buries his hand in the dish ; He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again .

16  The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can give a discreet answer .

17  Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.

18  Like a madman who throws Firebrands , arrows and death , 19  So is the man who deceives his neighbor , And says , " Was I not joking ?"

20  For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer , contention quiets down . 21  Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire , So is a contentious man to kindle strife . 22  The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels , And they go down into the innermost parts of the body .

23  Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart .

24  He who hates disguises it with his lips , But he lays up deceit in his heart . 25  When he speaks graciously , do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart . 26  Though his hatred covers itself with guile , His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly .

27  He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone , it will come back on him.

28  A lying tongue hates those it crushes , And a flattering mouth works ruin .

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