24 Do not envyx the wicked,
do not desire their company;
2 for their hearts plot violence,y
and their lips talk about making trouble.z
3 By wisdom a house is built,a
and through understanding it is established;
4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.b
5 The wise prevail through great power,
and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
6 Surely you need guidance to wage war,
and victory is won through many advisers.c
7 Wisdom is too high for fools;
in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
8 Whoever plots evil
will be known as a schemer.
9 The schemes of folly are sin,
and people detest a mocker.
10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
how small is your strength!d
11 Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.e
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighsf the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repayg everyone according to what they have done?h
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.i
15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
do not plunder their dwelling place;
16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.j
17 Do not gloatk when your enemy falls;
when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,l
18 or the Lord will see and disapprove
and turn his wrath away from them.m
19 Do not fretn because of evildoers
or be envious of the wicked,
20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.o
21 Fear the Lord and the king,p my son,
and do not join with rebellious officials,
22 for those two will send sudden destructionq on them,
and who knows what calamities they can bring?
23 These also are sayings of the wise:r
To show partialitys in judging is not good:t
24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”u
will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
and rich blessing will come on them.
is like a kiss on the lips.
27 Put your outdoor work in order
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house.
28 Do not testify against your neighbor without causev—
would you use your lips to mislead?
29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me;
I’ll pay them back for what they did.”w
30 I went past the field of a sluggard,x
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to resty—
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.z
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