Bible: Proverbs 24
24:1 Do not envy evil people, 1
do not desire 2 to be with them;
24:2 for their hearts contemplate violence,
and their lips speak harm. 3
and through understanding it is established;
24:4 by knowledge its rooms are filled
with all kinds of precious and pleasing treasures.
and a man of knowledge makes his strength stronger;
24:6 for with guidance you wage your war,
and with numerous advisers there is victory. 8
24:7 Wisdom is unattainable 9 for a fool;
24:8 The one who plans to do evil
will be called a scheming person. 12
24:9 A foolish scheme 13 is sin,
and the scorner is an abomination to people. 14
your strength is small! 17
24:11 Deliver those being taken away to death,
and hold back those slipping to the slaughter. 18
24:12 If you say, “But we did not know about this,”
does not the one who evaluates 19 hearts consider?
Does not the one who guards your life know?
Will he not repay each person according to his deeds? 20
24:13 Eat honey, 21 my child, for it is good,
and honey from the honeycomb is sweet to your taste.
and your hope will not be cut off.
24:15 Do not lie in wait like the wicked 26 against the place where the righteous live;
do not assault 27 his home.
24:16 Although 28 a righteous person may fall seven times, he gets up again,
but the wicked will be brought down 29 by calamity.
24:17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, 30
and when he stumbles do not let your heart rejoice,
24:18 lest the
and turn his wrath away from him. 32
24:19 Do not fret because of evil people
or be envious of wicked people,
24:20 for the evil person has no future, 33
and the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished. 34
24:21 Fear the
24:22 for suddenly their destruction will overtake them, 38
and who knows the ruinous judgment both the
Further Sayings of the Wise
24:23 These sayings also are from the wise:
peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce 44 him.
and a pleasing blessing 48 will come on them.
24:26 Like a kiss on the lips 49
is the one who gives an honest answer.
24:27 Establish your work outside and get your fields ready;
24:28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, 52
and do not deceive with your words. 53
24:29 Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me;
24:30 I passed by the field of a sluggard,
by the vineyard of one who lacks wisdom. 56
24:31 I saw 57 that thorns had grown up all over it,
the ground 58 was covered with weeds,
and its stone wall was broken down.
24:32 When I saw this, I gave careful consideration to it; 59
I received instruction from what I saw: 60
24:33 “A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to relax,
24:34 and your poverty will come like a bandit,
and your need like an armed robber.” 61