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Proverbs 24

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

Proverbs 24:1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. Proverbs 24:2 For their heart studieth oppression, and their lips talk of mischief. Proverbs 24:3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: Proverbs 24:4 And by knowledge are the chambers filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth might. Proverbs 24:6 For by wise guidance thou shalt make thy war: and in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate. Proverbs 24:8 He that deviseth to do evil, men shall call him a mischievous person. Proverbs 24:9 The thought of the foolish is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men. Proverbs 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. Proverbs 24:11 Deliver them that are carried away unto death, and those that are ready to be slain see that thou hold back. Proverbs 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew not this: doth not he that weigheth the hearts consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his work? Proverbs 24:13 My son, eat thou honey, for it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: Proverbs 24:14 So shalt thou know wisdom to be unto thy soul: if thou hast found it, then shall there be a reward, and thy hope shall not be cut off. Proverbs 24:15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: Proverbs 24:16 For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked are overthrown by calamity. Proverbs 24:17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he is overthrown: Proverbs 24:18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. Proverbs 24:19 Fret not thyself because of evil-doers; neither be thou envious at the wicked: Proverbs 24:20 For there will be no reward to the evil man; the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: [and] meddle not with them that are given to change: Proverbs 24:22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the destruction of them both? Proverbs 24:23 These also are [sayings] of the wise. To have respect of persons in judgment is not good. Proverbs 24:24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him: Proverbs 24:25 But to them that rebuke [him] shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them. Proverbs 24:26 He kisseth the lips that giveth a right answer. Proverbs 24:27 Prepare thy work without, and make it ready for thee in the field; and afterwards build thine house. Proverbs 24:28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. Proverbs 24:29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me; I will render to the man according to his work. Proverbs 24:30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; Proverbs 24:31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, the face thereof was covered with nettles, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Proverbs 24:32 Then I beheld, and considered well: I saw, and received instruction. Proverbs 24:33 [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: Proverbs 24:34 So shall thy poverty come as a robber; and thy want as an armed man.

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