24 Do not be aenvious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them;
And their lips talk of troublemaking.
And by understanding it is established;
With all precious and pleasant riches.
5 bA wise man is strong,
Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;
6 cFor by wise counsel you will wage your own war,
And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
7 dWisdom is too lofty for a fool;
He does not open his mouth in the gate.
8 He who eplots to do evil
Will be called a 1schemer.
And the scoffer is an abomination to men.
10 If you ffaint in the day of adversity,
Your strength is small.
11 gDeliver those who are drawn toward death,
And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
Does not hHe who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man iaccording to his deeds?
13 My son, jeat honey because it is good,
And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;
14 kSo shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul;
If you have found it, there is a 2prospect,
And your hope will not be cut off.
Do not plunder his resting place;
16 lFor a righteous man may fall seven times
And rise again,
mBut the wicked shall fall by calamity.
17 nDo not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
18 Lest the Lord see it, and 3it displease Him,
And He turn away His wrath from him.
19 oDo not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the wicked;
The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
21 My son, pfear the Lord and the king;
Do not associate with those given to change;
And who knows the ruin those two can bring?
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