Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 24:1 Be not envious of evil men, And desire not to be with them. Proverbs 24:2 For destruction doth their heart meditate, And perverseness do their lips speak. Proverbs 24:3 By wisdom is a house builded, And by understanding it establisheth itself. Proverbs 24:4 And by knowledge the inner parts are filled, [With] all precious and pleasant wealth. Proverbs 24:5 Mighty [is] the wise in strength, And a man of knowledge is strengthening power, Proverbs 24:6 For by plans thou makest for thyself war, And deliverance [is] in a multitude of counsellors. Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom [is] high for a fool, In the gate he openeth not his mouth. Proverbs 24:8 Whoso is devising to do evil, Him they call a master of wicked thoughts. Proverbs 24:9 The thought of folly [is] sin, And an abomination to man [is] a scorner. Proverbs 24:10 Thou hast shewed thyself weak in a day of adversity, Straitened is thy power, Proverbs 24:11 If [from] delivering those taken to death, And those slipping to the slaughterthou keepest back. Proverbs 24:12 When thou sayest, 'Lo, we knew not this.' Is not the Ponderer of hearts He who understandeth? And the Keeper of thy soul He who knoweth? And He hath rendered to man according to his work. Proverbs 24:13 Eat my son, honey that [is] good, And the honeycombsweet to thy palate. Proverbs 24:14 So [is] the knowledge of wisdom to thy soul, If thou hast found that there is a posterity And thy hope is not cut off. Proverbs 24:15 Lay not wait, O wicked one, At the habitation of the righteous. Do not spoil his resting-place. Proverbs 24:16 For seven [times] doth the righteous fall and rise, And the wicked stumble in evil. Proverbs 24:17 In the falling of thine enemy rejoice not, And in his stumbling let not thy heart be joyful, Proverbs 24:18 Lest Jehovah see, and [it be] evil in His eyes, And He hath turned from off him His anger. Proverbs 24:19 Fret not thyself at evil doers, Be not envious at the wicked, Proverbs 24:20 For there is not a posterity to the evil, The lamp of the wicked is extinguished. Proverbs 24:21 Fear Jehovah, my son, and the king, With changers mix not up thyself, Proverbs 24:22 For suddenly doth their calamity rise, And the ruin of them bothwho knoweth! Proverbs 24:23 These also are for the wise:To discern faces in judgment is not good. Proverbs 24:24 Whoso is saying to the wicked, 'Thou [art] righteous,' Peoples execrate himnations abhor him. Proverbs 24:25 And to those reproving it is pleasant, And on them cometh a good blessing. Proverbs 24:26 Lips he kisseth who is returning straightforward words. Proverbs 24:27 Prepare in an out-place thy work, And make it ready in the fieldgo afterwards, Then thou hast built thy house. Proverbs 24:28 Be not a witness for nought against thy neighbour, Or thou hast enticed with thy lips. Proverbs 24:29 Say not, 'As he did to me, so I do to him, I render to each according to his work.' Proverbs 24:30 Near the field of a slothful man I passed by, And near the vineyard of a man lacking heart. Proverbs 24:31 And lo, it hath gone upall of itthorns! Covered its face have nettles, And its stone wall hath been broken down. Proverbs 24:32 And I seeII do set my heart, I have seenI have received instruction, Proverbs 24:33 A little sleepa little slumberA little folding of the hands to lie down. Proverbs 24:34 And thy poverty hath come [as] a traveller, And thy want as an armed man!