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Proverbs 24

Proverbs 24:1  
Have no envy for evil men, or any desire to be with them:

Proverbs 24:2  
For the purposes of their hearts are destruction, and their lips are talking of trouble.

Proverbs 24:3  
The building of a house is by wisdom, and by reason it is made strong:

Proverbs 24:4  
And by knowledge its rooms are full of all dear and pleasing things.

Proverbs 24:5  
A wise man is strong; and a man of knowledge makes strength greater.

Proverbs 24:6  
For by wise guiding you will overcome in war: and in a number of wise guides there is salvation.

Proverbs 24:7  
Wisdom is outside the power of the foolish: he keeps his mouth shut in the public place.

Proverbs 24:8  
He whose purposes are bad will be named a man of evil designs.

Proverbs 24:9  
The purpose of the foolish is sin: and the hater of authority is disgusting to others.

Proverbs 24:10  
If you give way in the day of trouble, your strength is small.

Proverbs 24:11  
Be the saviour of those who are given up to death, and do not keep back help from those who are slipping to destruction.

Proverbs 24:12  
If you say, See, we had no knowledge of this: does not the tester of hearts give thought to it? and he who keeps your soul, has he no knowledge of it? and will he not give to every man the reward of his work?

Proverbs 24:13  
My son, take honey, for it is good; and the flowing honey, which is sweet to your taste:

Proverbs 24:14  
So let your desire be for wisdom: if you have it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 24:15  
Do not keep a secret watch, O evil-doer, against the fields of the upright man, or send destruction on his resting-place:

Proverbs 24:16  
For an upright man, after falling seven times, will get up again: but trouble is the downfall of the evil.

Proverbs 24:17  
Do not be glad at the fall of your hater, and let not your heart have joy at his downfall:

Proverbs 24:18  
For fear that the Lord may see it, and it may be evil in his eyes, and his wrath may be turned away from him.

Proverbs 24:19  
Do not be troubled because of evil-doers, or have envy of sinners:

Proverbs 24:20  
For there will be no future for the evil man; the light of sinners will be put out.

Proverbs 24:21  
My son, go in fear of the Lord and the king: have nothing to do with those who are in high positions:

Proverbs 24:22  
For their downfall will come suddenly; and who has knowledge of the destruction of those in high positions?

Proverbs 24:23  
These are more sayings of the wise: To have respect for a person's position when judging is not good.

Proverbs 24:24  
He who says to the evil-doer, You are upright, will be cursed by peoples and hated by nations.

Proverbs 24:25  
But those who say sharp words to him will have delight, and a blessing of good will come on them.

Proverbs 24:26  
He gives a kiss with his lips who gives a right answer.

Proverbs 24:27  
Put your work in order outside, and make it ready in the field; and after that, see to the building of your house.

Proverbs 24:28  
Do not be a violent witness against your neighbour, or let your lips say what is false.

Proverbs 24:29  
Say not, I will do to him as he has done to me; I will give the man the reward of his work.

Proverbs 24:30  
I went by the field of the hater of work, and by the vine-garden of the man without sense;

Proverbs 24:31  
And it was all full of thorns, and covered with waste plants, and its stone wall was broken down.

Proverbs 24:32  
Then looking at it, I gave thought: I saw, and I got teaching from it.

Proverbs 24:33  
A little sleep, a little rest, a little folding of the hands in sleep:

Proverbs 24:34  
So loss will come on you like an outlaw, and your need like an armed man.


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