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Proverbs 24 World English Bible (WEB)

24 Don’t be envious of evil men;
    neither desire to be with them:
for their hearts plot violence,
    and their lips talk about mischief.
Through wisdom a house is built;
    by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled
    with all rare and beautiful treasure.
A wise man has great power;
    and a knowledgeable man increases strength;
for by wise guidance you wage your war;
    and victory is in many advisors.
Wisdom is too high for a fool:
    he doesn’t open his mouth in the gate.
One who plots to do evil
    will be called a schemer.
The schemes of folly are sin.
    The mocker is detested by men.
10 If you falter in the time of trouble,
    your strength is small.
11 Rescue those who are being led away to death!
    Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter!
12 If you say, “Behold, we didn’t know this”;
    doesn’t he who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, doesn’t he know it?
    Shall he not render to every man according to his work?
13 My son, eat honey, for it is good;
    the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your taste:
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.
15 Don’t lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous.
    Don’t destroy his resting place:
16 for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again;
    but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.
17 Don’t rejoice when your enemy falls.
    Don’t let your heart be glad when he is overthrown;
18 lest Yahweh see it, and it displease him,
    and he turn away his wrath from him.
19 Don’t fret yourself because of evildoers;
    neither be envious of the wicked:
20 for there will be no reward to the evil man;
    and the lamp of the wicked shall be snuffed out.
21 My son, fear Yahweh and the king.
    Don’t join those who are rebellious:
22 for their calamity will rise suddenly;
    the destruction from them both—who knows?

23 These also are sayings of the wise.

To show partiality in judgment is not good.
24 He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous”;
    peoples shall curse him, and nations shall abhor him—
25 but it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
    and a rich blessing will come on them.
26 An honest answer
    is like a kiss on the lips.
27 Prepare your work outside,
    and get your fields ready.
    Afterwards, build your house.
28 Don’t be a witness against your neighbor without cause.
    Don’t deceive with your lips.
29 Don’t say, “I will do to him as he has done to me;
    I will render to the man according to his work.”
30 I went by the field of the sluggard,
    by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31 Behold, it was all grown over with thorns.
    Its surface was covered with nettles,
    and its stone wall was broken down.
32 Then I saw, and considered well.
    I saw, and received instruction:
33 a little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to sleep;
34 so your poverty will come as a robber,
    and your want as an armed man.

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Proverbs 24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Precepts and Warnings

24 Do not be envious of evil men,
Nor desire to be with them;
For their [a]minds devise violence,
And their lips talk of trouble.

By wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
And by knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.

A wise man is [b]strong,
And a man of knowledge [c]increases power.
For by wise guidance you will [d]wage war,
And in abundance of counselors there is victory.

Wisdom is too exalted for a fool,
He does not open his mouth in the gate.

One who plans to do evil,
Men will call a [e]schemer.
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 [f]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 [g]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 [h]be displeased,
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 [i]future for the evil man;
The lamp of the wicked will be put out.

21 My son, [j]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 [k]show partiality 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 [l]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 [m]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 [n]sense,
31 And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles;
Its surface was covered with [o]nettles,
And its stone wall was broken down.
32 When I saw, I [p]reflected 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 [q]a robber
And your want like [r]an armed man.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 24:2 Lit hearts
  2. Proverbs 24:5 Lit in strength
  3. Proverbs 24:5 Lit strengthens power
  4. Proverbs 24:6 Lit make battle for yourself
  5. Proverbs 24:8 Or deviser of evil
  6. Proverbs 24:12 Lit bring back
  7. Proverbs 24:14 Lit latter end
  8. Proverbs 24:18 Lit it is evil in His eyes
  9. Proverbs 24:20 Lit latter end
  10. Proverbs 24:21 Or reverence
  11. Proverbs 24:23 Lit regard the face
  12. Proverbs 24:26 Or an honest
  13. Proverbs 24:29 Lit bring back
  14. Proverbs 24:30 Lit heart
  15. Proverbs 24:31 I.e. a kind of weed
  16. Proverbs 24:32 Lit set my heart
  17. Proverbs 24:34 Or a vagabond; lit one who walks
  18. Proverbs 24:34 Lit a man with a shield
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