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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 International Version (NIV)

Saying 20

24 Do not envy the wicked,
    do not desire their company;
for their hearts plot violence,
    and their lips talk about making trouble.

Saying 21

By wisdom a house is built,
    and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled
    with rare and beautiful treasures.

Saying 22

The wise prevail through great power,
    and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
Surely you need guidance to wage war,
    and victory is won through many advisers.

Saying 23

Wisdom is too high for fools;
    in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.

Saying 24

Whoever plots evil
    will be known as a schemer.
The schemes of folly are sin,
    and people detest a mocker.

Saying 25

10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
    how small is your strength!
11 Rescue those being led away to death;
    hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
    Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?

Saying 26

13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
    honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
    If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off.

Saying 27

15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
    do not plunder their dwelling place;
16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
    but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

Saying 28

17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
    when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
18 or the Lord will see and disapprove
    and turn his wrath away from them.

Saying 29

19 Do not fret because of evildoers
    or be envious of the wicked,
20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
    and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

Saying 30

21 Fear the Lord and the king, my son,
    and do not join with rebellious officials,
22 for those two will send sudden destruction on them,
    and who knows what calamities they can bring?

Further Sayings of the Wise

23 These also are sayings of the wise:

To show partiality in judging is not good:
24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”
    will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
    and rich blessing will come on them.

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

27 Put your outdoor work in order
    and get your fields ready;
    after that, build your house.

28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause
    would you use your lips to mislead?
29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me;
    I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

30 I went past the field of a sluggard,
    past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere,
    the ground was covered with weeds,
    and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed
    and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.

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