Proverbs 23:17
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New International Version
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.

King James Bible
Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

Darby Bible Translation
Let not thy heart envy sinners, but [be thou] in the fear of Jehovah all the day;

World English Bible
Don't let your heart envy sinners; but rather fear Yahweh all the day long.

Young's Literal Translation
Let not thy heart be envious at sinners, But -- in the fear of Jehovah all the day.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thou shalt beat him with the rod - A proper correction of children was a favourite point of discipline with Solomon. We have already seen how forcibly he speaks on this subject. See the notes on the places referred to in 1 Corinthians 5:5 (note).

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Proverbs 3:31 Envy you not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

Proverbs 24:1 Be not you envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

Psalm 37:1-3 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against the workers of iniquity...

Psalm 73:3-7 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked...

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Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments...

Psalm 112:1 Praise you the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that delights greatly in his commandments.

Ecclesiastes 5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear you God.

Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man...

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord...

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit...

1 Peter 1:17 And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man's work...

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A Condensed Guide for Life
'My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. 16. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. 17. Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. 18. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. 19. Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. 20. Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21. For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Three Important Precepts
A sermon (No. 2152) intended for reading on Lord's Day, July 13th, 1890, delivered by C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, on Lord's Day Evening, June 22nd, 1890. "Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way."--Proverbs 23:19. The words are very direct and personal; and that is what I wish my sermon to be. My soul is more and more set upon immediate conversions. I have no voice with which to play the orator; I have only enough strength to be an earnest pleader
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Comforts Belonging to Mourners
Having already presented to your view the dark side of the text, I shall now show you the light side, They shall be comforted'. Where observe: 1 Mourning goes before comfort as the lancing of a wound precedes the cure. The Antinomian talks of comfort, but cries down mourning for sin. He is like a foolish patient who, having a pill prescribed him, licks the sugar but throws away the pill. The libertine is all for joy and comfort. He licks the sugar but throws away the bitter pill of repentance. If
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Of Internal Acts
Of Internal Acts Acts are distinguished into External and Internal. External acts are those which bear relation to some sensible object, and are either morally good or evil, merely according to the nature of the principle from which they proceed. I intend here to speak only of Internal acts, those energies of the soul, by which it turns internally to some objects, and averts from others. If during my application to God I should form a will to change the nature of my act, I thereby withdraw myself
Madame Guyon—A Short and Easy Method of Prayer

Cross References
Psalm 37:1
Of David. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;

Psalm 73:3
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Proverbs 24:1
Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company;

Proverbs 24:19
Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked,

Proverbs 28:14
Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.

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