THE
PROVERBS

Proverbs 24 ©

Envying and company of wicked persons, scorners and fools, also their nature and condition, verse 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 19, 20. Wisdom and counsel, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14. Fainting, 10. Delivering the innocent, 11, 12. The condition of the righteous,15, 16. Rejoicing at another’s mishap, 17, 18. Fear of God, and of the king, also sedition, 21, 22. The office of a judge, 23, 24, 25. Right answer, 26. Housekeeping and tillage, 27. Witnesses, desire of revenge, 28, 29. Slothfulness, 30, etc.

1

BEa1not thou envious against 2evil men, neither desire to be with them.

2

For their heart studieth 3destruction, andb their lips talk of mischief.

3

Through wisdom is an 4house builded; and by understanding it is established:

4

And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

5

Ac wise man is 5strong; yea, a man of knowledge 6increaseth strength.

6

Ford by 7wise counsel thou shalt make 8thy war: and in 9multitude of counsellors there is 10safety.

7

11Wisdomeis 12too high for a fool: he 13openeth not his mouth in the 14gate.

8

He that deviseth to do 15evil shall be called a 16mischievous person.

9

he thought 17of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

10

If thou 18faint in the day 19of adversity, thy strength is 20small.

11

21If thou forbear to 22deliverfthem that are 23drawn unto death, and those that are 24ready to be slain;

12

If thou sayest, Behold, 25we knew it not; doth not he 26that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy 27soul, doth 28not he know it? andg shall not 29he render to every man according to his works?

13

My son, eat thou 30honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy 31taste:

14

32Sohshall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast 33found it, theni there shall be a 34reward, and thy 35expectation shall not be cut off.

15

Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; 36spoil not his resting place:

16

For a just man 37falleth 38sevenj times, and 39riseth up again: but thek wicked shall fall into 40mischief.

17

Rejoicel not when thine enemy 41falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:

18

Lest the LORD see it, and it 42displease him, and he 43turn away his wrath from him.

19

Fretm not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;

20

For there shall be no 44reward to the evil man; 45then candle of the wicked shall be put out.

21

My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with 46them that are given to change:

22

For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and 47who knoweth the ruin of them 48both?

23

These things also belong 49to the wise. Ito50is not good to have 51respect of persons in judgment.

24

Hep that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the 52people curse, nations shall abhor him:

25

But to them that rebuke 53him shall be 54delight, and a good 55blessing shall come upon 56them.

26

Every 57man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

27

58Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards 59build thine house.

28

Be not a witness against thy neighbour 60without cause; and 61deceive not with thy 62lips.

29

Sayq not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

30

I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of 63the man void of understanding;

31

And, lo, 64it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the 65stone wall thereof was broken down.

32

Then I saw, and 66considered it well: I looked upon it, and 67received instruction.

33

Yet 68a littler sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

34

So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as 69an armed man.