English Standard Version
Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them,
King James Bible
Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
Darby Bible Translation
Be not thou envious of evil men, neither desire to be with them;
World English Bible
Don't be envious of evil men; neither desire to be with them:
Young's Literal Translation
Be not envious of evil men, And desire not to be with them.
Proverbs 24:1 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
After this divergence (in Proverbs 23:29-35) from the usual form of the proverb, there is now a return to the tetrastich:
1 Envy not evil men,
And desire not to have intercourse with them.
2 For their heart thinketh of violence,
And their lips speak mischief.
The warning, not to envy the godless, is also found at Proverbs 3:31; Proverbs 23:17; Proverbs 24:19, but is differently constructed in each of these passages. Regarding תּתאו with Pathach, vid., at Proverbs 23:3. אנשׁי רעה (cf. רע, Proverbs 28:5) are the wicked, i.e., such as cleave to evil, and to whom evil clings. The warning is grounded in this, that whoever have intercourse with such men, make themselves partners in greater sins and evil: for their heart broodeth (write כּי שׁד, Munach Dech) violence, i.e., robbery, plunder, destruction, murder, and the like. With שׁד (in the Mishle only here and at Proverbs 21:7, cf. שׁדּד, Proverbs 19:26) connects itself elsewhere חמס, here (cf. Habakkuk 1:3) עמל, labor, molestia, viz., those who prepare it for others by means of slanderous, crafty, uncharitable talk.
LibraryThe Broken Fence
A sermon (No. 3381) published on Thursday, November 20th 1913. Delivered by C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. "I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; and to, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down, Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it and received instruction."--Proverbs 24:30-32. This slothful man did no hurt to his fellow-men: …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
The Portrait of a Drunkyard
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
Of David. Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!
my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths,
Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways,
Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.
Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked,
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