24 aBe not thou envious against evil men,
Neither desire to be bwith them.
2 cFor their heart studieth destruction,
And their lips talk of dmischief.
3 Through ewisdom is an house builded;
And by understanding it eis established:
With all precious and pleasant riches.
Yea, a man of knowledge †increaseth strength.
6 For hby wise counsel thou shalt make thy war:
And iin multitude of counsellers there is safety.
He openeth not his mouth min the gate.
8 He that ndeviseth to do evil
Shall be called oa mischievous person.
9 The pthought of foolishness is sin:
And the scorner is an abomination to men.
Thy strength is †small.
11 If thou forbear qto deliver them that are drawn unto death,
And those that are rready to be slain;
12 If thou sayest, sBehold, we knew it not;
Doth not he that tpondereth the heart consider it?
And he that ukeepeth thy soul, doth not he know it?
And shall not he render to every man waccording to his works?
14 ySo shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul:
When thou hast found it, then zthere shall be a reward,
zAnd thy expectation shall not be cut off.
15 aLay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;
Spoil not his resting place:
17 fRejoice not when thine enemy falleth,
And let not thine heart be glad when he estumbleth:
18 Lest the Lord see it, and †it displease him,
And he turn away his wrath from him.
Neither hbe thou envious at the wicked;
20 For there shall be no ireward to the evil man;
21 My son, lfear thou the Lord and the king:
And meddle not with †them that are given to change:
It is not good oto have respect of persons in judgment.
24 pHe that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous;
qHim shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
And †a good blessing shall come upon them.
27 sPrepare thy work without,
And make it fit for thyself in the field;
And afterwards build thine house.
28 tBe not a witness against thy neighbour without cause;
And deceive not with thy lips.
29 uSay not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me:
I will render to the man according to his work.
30 xI went by the field of the slothful,
And by the vineyard of the man yvoid of understanding;
And znettles had covered the face thereof,
And the stone awall thereof was broken down.
32 Then I saw, and †considered it well:
I xlooked upon it, and received instruction.
33 bYet a little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep:
And thy want as †an armed man.
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