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

New Living Translation
Don't envy evil people or desire their company.

English Standard Version
Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them,

New American Standard Bible
Do not be 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't envy evil men or desire to be with them,

International Standard Version
Don't be envious of wicked men or wish you were with them,

NET Bible
Do not envy evil people, do not desire to be with them;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not envy evil men and do not lust to be with them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not envy evil people or wish you were with them,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not be envious of evil men, neither desire to be with them.

King James 2000 Bible
Be not envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

American King James Version
Be not you envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

American Standard Version
Be not thou envious against evil men; Neither desire to be with them:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Seek not to be like evil men, neither desire to be with them:

Darby Bible Translation
Be not thou envious of evil men, neither desire to be with them;

English Revised Version
Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not thou envious against 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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:1,2 Envy not sinners. And let not a desire ever come into thy mind, Oh that I could shake off restraints! 3-6. Piety and prudence in outward affairs, both go together to complete a wise man. By knowledge the soul is filled with the graces and comforts of the spirit, those precious and pleasant riches. The spirit is strengthened for the spiritual work and the spiritual warfare, by true wisdom. 7-9. A weak man thinks wisdom is too high for him, therefore he will take no pains for it. It is bad to do evil, but worse to devise it. Even the first risings of sin in the heart are sin, and must be repented of. Those that strive to make others hateful, make themselves so. 10. Under troubles we are apt to despair of relief. But be of good courage, and God shall strengthen thy heart. 11,12. If a man know that his neighbour is in danger by any unjust proceeding, he is bound to do all in his power to deliver him. And what is it to suffer immortal souls to perish, when our persuasions and example may be the means of preventing it? 13,14. We are quickened to the study of wisdom by considering both the pleasure and the profit of it. All men relish things that are sweet to the palate; but many have no relish for the things that are sweet to the purified soul, and that make us wise unto salvation. 15,16. The sincere soul falls as a traveller may do, by stumbling at some stone in his path; but gets up, and goes on his way with more care and speed. This is rather to be understood of falls into affliction, than falls into actual sin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - We return here to the more usual form, the tetrastich. Be not thou envious against evil men (see on Proverbs 23:17, where a similar warning is given, and comp. Ver. 19 below). "Men of wickedness," wholly given over to evil. Neither desire to be with them. Their company is pollution, and association with them makes you a partner in their sinful doings. The Septuagint prefaces the paragraph with the personal address, υἱέ "son."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Be not thou envious against evil men,.... Or, "men of evil" (b). Such who are addicted to evil, and given up to it, whose principles and practices are bad; such as are before described in the preceding chapter; gluttons and drunkards, men given to women and wine: envy not their present prosperity, or seeming pleasure they have in the gratification of their sensual appetites; since woe and sorrow, wounds and strife, now attend them, and poverty and want will follow them; as well as everlasting ruin and destruction will be their portion hereafter; See Gill on Proverbs 23:17; and compare with this Proverbs 24:21;

neither desire to be with them; to be in their company; to have any conversation and fellowship with them, which is very infectious, dangerous, and pernicious; nor even to be in the same state, condition, and circumstances they are in; much less to do as they do, and imitate them in their sinful courses; as you would not choose to be with them in hell hereafter, do not desire to be with them here.

(b) "viros mali", Baynus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 24

Pr 24:1-34.

1, 2. (Compare Pr 23:3, 17; Ps 37:1).

Proverbs 24:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Be Envious of Evil Men
1Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; 2For their minds devise violence, And their lips talk of trouble.…
Cross References
Psalm 1:1
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

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

Proverbs 1:15
my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;

Proverbs 3:31
Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.

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

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

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

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Proverbs 1:11-15 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk …

Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools …

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Psalm 26:9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

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