24 Don’t be envious of wicked men or wish you were with them, 2 because they[a] plan violence, and they are always talking[b] about trouble.
3 By wisdom a house is built; it is made secure through understanding. 4 By knowledge its rooms are furnished with all sorts of expensive and beautiful goods.
5 A wise man is strong,[c] and a knowledgeable man grows in strength. 6 For through wise counsel you will wage your war, and victory lies in an abundance of advisors.
7 Wisdom lies beyond reach of the fool; he has nothing to say in court.[d]
8 The person who plans on doing evil will be called a schemer. 9 To devise folly is sin, and people detest a scoffer.
10 If you grow weary when times are troubled, your strength is limited.[e]
11 Rescue those who are being led away to death, and save those who stumble toward slaughter. 12 If you say, “Look here, we didn’t know about this,” doesn’t God,[f] who examines motives,[g] discern it? Doesn’t the one who guards your soul know about it? Won’t he repay each person according to what he has done?
13 My son, eat honey, because it’s good for you;[h] indeed, drippings from the honeycomb are sweet to your taste; 14 Keep in mind that wisdom is like that for your soul; if you find it, there will be a future for you, and what you hope for won’t be cut short.
15 Don’t lie in wait like an outlaw to attack where the righteous live; 16 for though a righteous man falls seven times, he will rise again, but the wicked stumble into calamity.
17 Don’t rejoice when your enemy falls; don’t let yourself be glad when he stumbles. 18 Otherwise the Lord will observe and disapprove, and he will turn his anger away from him.
19 Don’t be anxious about those who practice evil, and don’t be envious of the wicked. 20 For the wicked man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.
21 My son, fear both the Lord and the king, and don’t keep company with rebels. 22 They will be destroyed suddenly, and who knows what kind of punishment will come from these two?
Sayings of the Wise
23 Here are some more proverbs from wise people:
It isn’t good to show partiality in judgment. 24 Whoever says to the wicked, “You’re in the right,” will be cursed by people and hated by nations. 25 But as for people who rebuke the wicked;[i] a good blessing will fall upon them.
26 A kiss on the lips— that’s what someone who gives an honest answer deserves.[j]
27 First do your outside work, preparing your land for yourself. After that, build your house.
28 Don’t testify against your neighbor without a cause, and don’t lie when you speak.[k] 29 Don’t say, “I’ll do to him like he did to me, I’ll be sure to pay him back for what he did.”
30 I went by the field belonging to a lazy man, by a vineyard belonging to a senseless person. 31 There it was, overgrown with thistles, the ground covered with thorns, its stone wall collapsed. 32 As I observed, I thought about it; I watched, and learned a lesson: 33 “A little sleep! A little slumber! A little folding of my hands to rest!” 34 Then your poverty will come upon you like a robber, your need like an armed bandit.
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Want to get the most out of Bible Gateway? Find out why Bible Gateway Plus is the ultimate toolkit for anyone seeking to grow closer to the Word. For less than the cost of a latte, Plus membership gives you access to a complete digital Bible study library and reduced banner ads. Try it free for 30 days!