Proverbs 24:15
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New International Version
Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous, do not plunder their dwelling place;

New Living Translation
Don't wait in ambush at the home of the godly, and don't raid the house where the godly live.

English Standard Version
Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the righteous; do no violence to his home;

New American Standard Bible
Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not destroy his resting place;

King James Bible
Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wicked man, don't set an ambush, at the camp of the righteous man; don't destroy his dwelling.

International Standard Version
Don't lie in wait like an outlaw to attack where the righteous live;

NET Bible
Do not lie in wait like the wicked against the place where the righteous live; do not assault his home.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not plot evil in the dwelling of the righteous and do not plunder the place of his dwelling.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You wicked one, do not lie in ambush at the home of a righteous person. Do not rob his house.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not lay in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; do not spoil his resting place.

King James 2000 Bible
Lie not in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:

American King James Version
Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:

American Standard Version
Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous; Destroy not his resting-place:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lie not in wait, nor seek after wickedness in the house of the just, nor spoil his rest.

Darby Bible Translation
Lay not wait, O wicked [man], against the dwelling of the righteous; lay not waste his resting-place.

English Revised Version
Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:

Webster's Bible Translation
Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; destroy not his resting-place:

World English Bible
Don't lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous. Don't destroy his resting place:

Young's Literal Translation
Lay not wait, O wicked one, At the habitation of the righteous. Do not spoil his resting-place.
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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

Verses 15, 16. - A warning against plotting for the ruin of a good man's house, with a view doubtless of profiting by the disaster. Verse 15. - Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous. רָשָׁע (rasha) is vocative (comp. Ezekiel 33:8); taken appositionally, as in Revised Version margin, "as a wicked man," it is senseless; for how could he lay wait in any other character? Spoil not his resting-place. "Spoil," as Proverbs 19:26 (where see note). Drive him not from his house by violence and chicanery. Vulgate, "Seek not impiety in the house of the righteous;" do not attempt to cloak your insidious designs by detecting some evil in the good man, and making yourself the instrument of retribution, as if you were doing God service in afflicting him (John 16:2). Septuagint, "Bring not an ungodly man into the pasture (νομῇ) of the righteous, neither be thou deceived by the feasting of the belly."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous,.... The church of God, which is the righteous man's dwelling place, and where he desires and delights to dwell; or his own dwelling house; it may be rendered, "at the dwelling of the righteous" (p); lay not wait at his door to observe who goes in and out, and what is done there; and to watch for his halting, and take notice of his infirmities, slips, and falls, and improve them to his disadvantage; and so the Vulgate Latin version, "and lay not wait and seek ungodliness in the house of the righteous"; or lay not wait there for him, as Saul set men to watch the house of David to kill him, 1 Samuel 19:11; or to take an opportunity and get into it and plunder it, as follows;

spoil not his resting place: by pulling it down, or stripping it of its furniture; by robbing him of the substance in it, and thus disturbing his rest, and destroying the place of it; or the place where he lies down as a sheep in its fold, or as the shepherd in his cottage, of which the words in the text are used; and so denote that as the righteous man is like a sheep, harmless and innocent, those that lay in wait for him and spoil him are no other than wolves.

(p) "habitaculo", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus; "habitationi", Michaelis; "mansioni", Cocceius, Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15, 16. The plots of the wicked against the good, though partially, shall not be fully successful (Ps 37:24); while the wicked, falling under penal evil, find no help.

Proverbs 24:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Be Envious of Evil Men
14Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future, And your hope will not be cut off. 15Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not destroy his resting place; 16For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.…
Cross References
Psalm 10:9
like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.

Psalm 10:10
His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength.
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Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:

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

1 Samuel 9:11 And as they went up the hill to the city, they found young maidens …

1 Samuel 22:18,19 And the king said to Doeg, Turn you, and fall on the priests. And …

1 Samuel 23:20-23 Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of your …

Psalm 10:8-10 He sits in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places …

Psalm 37:32 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.

Psalm 56:6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark …

Psalm 59:3 For, see, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against …

Psalm 140:5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a …

Jeremiah 11:19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; …

Matthew 26:4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him.

Acts 9:24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates …

Acts 23:16 And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went …

Acts 25:3 And desired favor against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, …

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Proverbs 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.

Isaiah 32:18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure …

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