Do not be a envious of evil men,
Nor desire to be with them; 2 For their heart devises violence,
And their lips talk of troublemaking.
Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established; 4 By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches. 5 b A wise man is strong,
Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; 6 c For by wise counsel you will wage your own war,
And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. 7 d Wisdom is too lofty for a fool;
He does not open his mouth in the gate.
He who e plots to do evil
Will be called a 1 schemer. 9 The devising of foolishness is sin,
And the scoffer is an abomination to men.
If you f faint in the day of adversity,
Your strength is small. 11 g Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. 12 If you say, "Surely we did not know this,"
Does not h He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man i according to his deeds?
My son, j eat honey because it is good,
And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste; 14 k So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul;
If you have found it, there is a 2 prospect,
And your hope will not be cut off.
Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;
Do not plunder his resting place; 16 l For a righteous man may fall seven times
And rise again,
m But the wicked shall fall by calamity.
n Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; 18 Lest the LORD see it, and 3 it displease Him,
And He turn away His wrath from him.
o Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the wicked; 20 For there will be no prospect for the evil man;
The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
My son, p fear the LORD and the king;
Do not associate with those given to change; 22 For their calamity will rise suddenly,
And who knows the ruin those two can bring?
These things also belong to the wise:
q It is not good to 4 show partiality in judgment. 24 r He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous,"
Him the people will curse;
Nations will abhor him. 25 But those who rebuke the wicked will have s delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them. 26 He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.
t Prepare your outside work,
Make it fit for yourself in the field;
And afterward build your house.
u Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,
5 For would you deceive with your lips? 29 v Do not say, "I will do to him just as he has done to me;
I will render to the man according to his work."
I went by the field of the lazy man,
And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; 31 And there it was, w all overgrown with thorns;
Its surface was covered with nettles;
Its stone wall was broken down. 32 When I saw it, I considered it well;
I looked on it and received instruction: 33 x A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest; 34 y So shall your poverty come like 6 a prowler,
And your need like 7 an armed man.