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Proverbs 24

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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices.

24:1 Donít be envious of evil men;
neither desire to be with them:

24:2 for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about mischief.

24:3 Through wisdom a house is built;
by understanding it is established;

24:4 by knowledge the rooms are filled
with all rare and beautiful treasure.

24:5 A wise man has great power;
and a knowledgeable man increases strength;

24:6 for by wise guidance you wage your war;
and victory is in many advisors.

24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool:
he doesnít open his mouth in the gate.

24:8 One who plots to do evil
will be called a schemer.

24:9 The schemes of folly are sin.
The mocker is detested by men.

24:10 If you falter in the time of trouble,
your strength is small.

24:11 Rescue those who are being led away to death!
Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter!

24:12 If you say,

ďBehold, we didnít know this;Ē
doesnít he who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, doesnít he know it?
Shall he not render to every man according to his work?

24:13 My son, eat honey, for it is good;
the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your taste:

24:14 so you shall know wisdom to be to your soul;
if you have found it, then there will be a reward,
your hope will not be cut off.

24:15 Donít lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous.
Donít destroy his resting place:

24:16 for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again;
but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.

24:17 Donít rejoice when your enemy falls.
Donít let your heart be glad when he is overthrown;

24:18 lest Yahweh see it, and it displease him,
and he turn away his wrath from him.

24:19 Donít fret yourself because of evildoers;
neither be envious of the wicked:

24:20 for there will be no reward to the evil man;
and the lamp of the wicked shall be snuffed out.

24:21 My son, fear Yahweh and the king.
Donít join those who are rebellious:

24:22 for their calamity will rise suddenly;
the destruction from them both ó who knows?

24:23 These also are sayings of the wise.
To show partiality in judgment is not good.

24:24 He who says to the wicked,

ďYou are righteous
peoples shall curse him, and nations shall abhor him ó

24:25 but it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
and a rich blessing will come on them.

24:26 An honest answer
is like a kiss on the lips.

24:27 Prepare your work outside,
and get your fields ready.
Afterwards, build your house.

24:28 Donít be a witness against your neighbor without cause.
Donít deceive with your lips.

24:29 Donít say,

ďI will do to him as he has done to me;
I will render to the man according to his work.Ē

24:30 I went by the field of the sluggard,
by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

24:31 Behold, it was all grown over with thorns.
Its surface was covered with nettles,
and its stone wall was broken down.

24:32 Then I saw, and considered well.
I saw, and received instruction:

24:33 a little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to sleep;

24:34 so your poverty will come as a robber,
and your want as an armed man.

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