Proverbs 24
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1Do not envy wicked men or desire their company;1Don't be envious of wicked men or wish you were with them,
2for their hearts devise violence, and their lips declare trouble.2because they plan violence, and they are always talking about trouble.
3By wisdom a house is built and by understanding it is established;3By wisdom a house is built; it is made secure through understanding.
4through knowledge its rooms are filled with every precious and beautiful treasure.4By knowledge its rooms are furnished with all sorts of expensive and beautiful goods.
5A wise man is strong, and a man of knowledge enhances his strength.5A wise man is strong, and a knowledgeable man grows in strength.
6Only with sound guidance should you wage war, and victory lies in a multitude of counselors.6For through wise counsel you will wage your war, and victory lies in an abundance of advisors.
7Wisdom is too high for a fool; he does not open his mouth in the meeting place.7Wisdom lies beyond reach of the fool; he has nothing to say in court.
8He who plots evil will be called a schemer.8The person who plans on doing evil will be called a schemer.
9A foolish scheme is sin, and a mocker is detestable to men.9To devise folly is sin, and people detest a scoffer.
10If you faint in the day of distress, how small is your strength!10If you grow weary when times are troubled, your strength is limited.
11Rescue those being led away to death, and restrain those stumbling toward the slaughter.11Rescue those who are being led away to death, and save those who stumble toward slaughter.
12If you say, “Behold, we did not know about this,” does not He who weighs hearts consider it? Does not the One who guards your life know? Will He not repay a man according to his deeds?12If you say, "Look here, we didn't know about this," doesn't God, who examines motives, discern it? Doesn't the one who guards your soul know about it? Won't he repay each person according to what he has done?
13Eat honey, my son, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to your taste.13My son, eat honey, because it's good for you; indeed, drippings from the honeycomb are sweet to your taste;
14Know therefore that wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, there is a future for you, and your hope will never be cut off.14Keep in mind that wisdom is like that for your soul; if you find it, there will be a future for you, and what you hope for won't be cut short.
15Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, near the dwelling of the righteous; do not destroy his resting place.15Don't lie in wait like an outlaw to attack where the righteous live;
16For though a righteous man may fall seven times, he still gets up; but the wicked stumble in bad times.16for though a righteous man falls seven times, he will rise again, but the wicked stumble into calamity.
17Do not gloat when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart rejoice when he stumbles,17Don't rejoice when your enemy falls; don't let yourself be glad when he stumbles.
18or the LORD will see and disapprove, and turn His wrath away from him.18Otherwise the LORD will observe and disapprove, and he will turn his anger away from him.
19Do not fret over evildoers, and do not be envious of the wicked.19Don't be anxious about those who practice evil, and don't be envious of the wicked.
20For the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.20For the wicked man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.
21My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not associate with the rebellious.21My son, fear both the LORD and the king, and don't keep company with rebels.
22For they will bring sudden destruction. Who knows what ruin they can bring?22They will be destroyed suddenly, and who knows what kind of punishment will come from these two?
23These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judgment is not good.23Here are some more proverbs from wise people: It isn't good to show partiality in judgment.
24Whoever tells the guilty, “You are innocent”—peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce him;24Whoever says to the wicked, "You're in the right," will be cursed by people and hated by nations.
25but it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.25But as for people who rebuke the wicked; a good blessing will fall upon them.
26An honest answer given is like a kiss on the lips.26A kiss on the lips— that's what someone who gives an honest answer deserves.
27Complete your outdoor work and prepare your field; after that, you may build your house.27First do your outside work, preparing your land for yourself. After that, build your house.
28Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.28Don't testify against your neighbor without a cause, and don't lie when you speak.
29Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will repay the man according to his work.”29Don't say, "I'll do to him like he did to me, I'll be sure to pay him back for what he did."
30I went past the field of a slacker and by the vineyard of a man lacking judgment.30I went by the field belonging to a lazy man, by a vineyard belonging to a senseless person.
31Thorns had grown up everywhere, thistles had covered the ground, and the stone wall was broken down.31There it was, overgrown with thistles, the ground covered with thorns, its stone wall collapsed.
32I observed and took it to heart; I looked and received instruction:32As I observed, I thought about it; I watched, and learned a lesson:
33A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,33"A little sleep! A little slumber! A little folding of my hands to rest!"
34and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and need like a bandit.34Then your poverty will come upon you like a robber, your need like an armed bandit.
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