Bishops' Bible

Proverbs 24

Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

Proverbs 24:1 Be not thou enuious to folow wicked men, and desire not to be among them: Proverbs 24:2 For their heart imagineth to do hurt, and their lippes talke mischiefe. Proverbs 24:3 Thorowe wysdome is an house buylded, & with vnderstanding is it set vp. Proverbs 24:4 Thorowe discretion shall the chaumbers be filled with all costly and pleasaunt riches. Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is [euer] strong: yea a man of vnderstanding increaseth strength. Proverbs 24:6 For with discretion must warres be taken in hand: and where as are many that can geue counsaile, there is health. Proverbs 24:7 Wysdome is to hye a thyng for a foole: for he dare not open his mouth in the gate. Proverbs 24:8 He that imagineth mischiefe, maye well be called an vngratious person. Proverbs 24:9 The wicked thought of the foolishe is sinne: and the scornefull is an abhomination vnto men. Proverbs 24:10 If thou be faynt in the day of aduersitie, thy strength is small. Proverbs 24:11 Deliuer them that are drawen vnto death, and ceasse not to preserue them that are led to be slayne: Proverbs 24:12 If thou wylt say, beholde I knewe not of it: doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? And he that kepeth thy soule, knoweth he it not? Shall not he also recompence euery man according to his workes? Proverbs 24:13 My sonne, eate thou hony because it is good, and the hony combe, for it is sweete vnto thy mouth: Proverbs 24:14 So [sweete] shal the knowledge of wysdome be vnto thy soule when thou hast found it: and there shalbe hope, and thy hope shall not be cut of. Proverbs 24:15 Laye no priuie wayte (O wicked man) against the house of the righteous, and spoyle not his resting place. Proverbs 24:16 For a iust man falleth seuen tymes, and ryseth vp agayne: but the vngodly fall into mischiefe. Proverbs 24:17 Reioyce not thou at the fall of thyne enemie, and let not thyne heart be glad when he stumbleth: Proverbs 24:18 Lest the Lorde when he seeth it be angry, and turne his wrath from hym [vnto thee.] Proverbs 24:19 Fret not thy selfe because of the malitious, neither be enuious at the wicked: Proverbs 24:20 For the wicked shall haue no posteritie, and the candle of the vngodly shalbe put out. Proverbs 24:21 My sonne, feare thou the Lorde and the kyng, and kepe no company with them that slide backe [from his feare:] Proverbs 24:22 For their destruction shall rise sodainlye: and who knoweth the aduersitie that may come from them both? Proverbs 24:23 It is not good to haue respect of any person in iudgement. Proverbs 24:24 He that saith to the vngodly thou art righteous, hym shall the people curse, yea the comminaltie shall abhorre him: Proverbs 24:25 But they that rebuke [the vngodly] in them doth God delight, and a rych blessing shall come vpon them. Proverbs 24:26 Euery man shall kisse his lippes that geueth a good aunswere. Proverbs 24:27 Make redie thy worke that is without, and looke well vnto that whiche thou hast in the fielde: and then buylde thyne house. Proverbs 24:28 Be not a false witnesse against thy neighbour, and speake no falsehood with thy lippes. Proverbs 24:29 Say not, I wyll handle hym euen as he hath dealt with me: and wyll rewarde euery man according to his deedes. Proverbs 24:30 I went by the fielde of the slouthfull, and by the vineyarde of the foolishe man: Proverbs 24:31 And lo, it was all couered with nettles, and stoode full of thornes, and the stone wall was broken downe. Proverbs 24:32 This I sawe, and considered it well: I looked vpon it, and toke it for a warning. Proverbs 24:33 Yea sleepe on styll [I say] a litle, slumber a litle, folde thy handes together yet a litle: Proverbs 24:34 So shall pouertie come vnto thee as one that trauayleth by the way, and necessitie lyke a weaponed man.

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