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Chapter 24

[a]Do not envy the wicked,
    nor desire to be with them;(A)
For their hearts plot violence,
    and their lips speak of foul play.

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  1. 24:1–22 A new section (24:1–14)—on the fates of the wicked and foolish—begins with a warning not to take the foolish as role models. The same admonition is repeated in 23:17–18 and 24:19–20. In 24:1, the verb means “to be jealous, zealous; to emulate.” The motive stated in the other passages—the wicked have no future—is indirectly stated here.