Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 24:1 Be not thou enuious against euill men, neither desire to be with them. Proverbs 24:2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lippes talke of mischiefe. Proverbs 24:3 Through wisedome is an house builded, and by vnderstanding it is established. Proverbs 24:4 And by knowledge shall the chambers bee filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:5 A wise man [is] strong, yea a man of knowledge encreaseth strength. Proverbs 24:6 For by wise counsell thou shalt make thy warre: and in multitude of counsellers [there is] safetie. Proverbs 24:7 Wisedome [is] too high for a foole: he openeth not his mouth in the gate. Proverbs 24:8 He that deuiseth to doe euill, shall be called a mischieuous person. Proverbs 24:9 The thought of foolishnesse [is] sinne: and the scorner [is] an abomination to men. Proverbs 24:10 [If] thou faint in the day of aduersitie, thy strength [is] small: Proverbs 24:11 If thou forbeare to deliuer them that are drawen vnto death, and those that are ready to be slaine: Proverbs 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not: doth not he that pondereth the heart, consider [it]? and he that keepeth thy soule, doth [not] he know [it]? and shall [not] hee render to euery man according to his workes? Proverbs 24:13 My sonne, eate thou honie, because it [is] good, and the honie combe, [which is] sweete to thy taste. Proverbs 24:14 So [shall] the knowledge of wisedome [be] vnto thy soule: when thou hast found [it], then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off. Proverbs 24:15 Lay not waite, (O wicked man) against the dwelling of the righteous: spoile not his resting place. Proverbs 24:16 For a iust man falleth seuen times, and riseth vp [againe]: but the wicked shall fall into mischiefe. Proverbs 24:17 Reioyce not when thine enemie falleth: and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Proverbs 24:18 Lest the LORD see [it], and it displease him, and hee turne away his wrath from him. Proverbs 24:19 Fret not thy selfe because of euill men; neither be thou enuious at the wicked. Proverbs 24:20 For there shall be no reward to the euill man: the candle of the wicked shall be put out. Proverbs 24:21 My sonne, feare thou the LORD, and the king: and medle not with them that are giuen to change. Proverbs 24:22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly, and who knoweth the ruine of them both? Proverbs 24:23 These things also [belong] to the wise: It is not good to haue respect of persons in iudgement. Proverbs 24:24 He that sayth vnto the wicked, Thou [art] righteous, him shall the people curse; nations shall abhorre him: Proverbs 24:25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come vpon them. Proverbs 24:26 [Euery man] shall kisse [his] lippes that giueth a right answere. Proverbs 24:27 Prepare thy worke without, and make it fit for thy selfe in the field; and afterwards build thine house. Proverbs 24:28 Be not a witnesse against thy neighbour without cause: and deceiue not with thy lippes. Proverbs 24:29 Say not, I will doe so to him as he hath done to mee: I will render to the man according to his worke. Proverbs 24:30 I went by the field of the slouthfull, and by the vineyard of the man voyd of vnderstanding: Proverbs 24:31 And loe, it was all growen ouer with thornes, [and] nettles had couered the face thereof, and the stone wall therof was broken downe: Proverbs 24:32 Then I saw, [and] considered it well, I looked vpon [it, and] receiued instruction. Proverbs 24:33 Yet a little sleepe, a little slumber, a little folding of the handes to sleepe: Proverbs 24:34 So shall thy pouertie come, [as] one that traueileth, and thy want, as an armed man.