Proverbs 24

Words of the Wise

1 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.

3 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.

8 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.

10 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?

13 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.

15 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.

17 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.

19 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.

21 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?

More Sayings of the Wise

23 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.

27 t Prepare your outside work,
Make it fit for yourself in the field;
And afterward build your house.

28 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."

30 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.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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