Proverbs 24

1 Be not you envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

3 Through wisdom is a house built; and by understanding it is established:

4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

6 For by wise counsel you shalt make your war, and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

7 Wisdom is too high for a fool; he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

9 The thought of foolishness is sin, and the scorner is an abomination to men.

10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

11 If you forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;

12 If you sayest, “Behold, we knew it not”; doth not he that pondereth the heart considers it? And he that keepeth your soul, doth not he knows it? And shall not he render to every man according to his works?

13 My son, eat you honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to your taste;

14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto your soul; when you have found it, then there shall be a reward, and your expectation shall not be cut off.

15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place;

16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again, but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

17 Rejoice not when your enemy falleth, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbleth;

18 Lest יהוה see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

19 Fret not yourself because of evil men, neither be you envious at the wicked;

20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

21 My son, fear you יהוה and the king; and meddle not with them that are given to change;

22 For their disaster shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

24 He that saith unto the wicked, “You are righteous”; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.

26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

27 Prepare your work outside, and make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterwards build your house.

28 Be not a witness against your neighbour without cause; and deceive not with your lips.

29 Say not, “I will do so to him as he hath done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.”

30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

31 And, behold, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

32 Then I saw, and considered it well; I looked upon it, and received instruction.

33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep;

34 So shall your poverty come as one that travelleth, and your want as an armed man.