Proverbs 24

CLV(i) 1 Do not be jealous of evil men, And do not yearn to be with them." 2 For their heart cogitates on devastation, And their lips plan misery." 3 By wisdom a house is built, And by comprehension it is established." 4 By knowledge its chambers are filled With all precious and pleasant wealth. 5 A wise master is one with strength, And a man of knowledge is resolute with vigor;" 6 For you execute war for yourself according to strategy, And in many counselors there is safety." 7 Wisdom is too high for the fool; In the gateway he does not open his mouth. 8 He who designs to do evil, They call him a scheming person." 9 The schemes of folly are sin, And a mocker is an abhorrence to humanity." 10 If you slacken in a day of distress, How constricted is your vigor!" 11 Rescue those being taken to death, And you should keep back those who are slipping away to the kill." 12 If you say, Behold, we know nothing about this, Does not He Who regulates hearts detect it, And He Who preserves your soul know it, Who will render to a man according to his deeds? 13 My son, eat honey, for it is good, And honeycomb is sweet on your palate;" 14 Do know that wisdom is so to your soul when you find it, And it has an end so that your expectation shall not be cut off." 15 Do not wait in ambush as a wicked man against the homestead of a righteous man; Do not devastate his reclining place; 16 For the righteous one shall fall seven times and still rise, Yet the wicked shall be stumbled by evil." 17 At the fall of your enemy do not rejoice, And at his stumbling do not let your heart exult, 18 Lest Yahweh should see and it be evil in His eyes, So that He turns away His anger from him." 19 Do not grow hot over evildoers; Do not be jealous over the wicked; 20 For there shall be no good end for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked shall be extinguished. 21 Fear Yahweh, my son, and the king; With both of them do not be enraged;" 22 For suddenly calamity from them shall rise, And misfortune from them both, who can know it? 23 These also are sayings of the wise:To be biased in judgment is never good. 24 He who says to the wicked man, You are righteous--The people shall revile him; the populace shall be indignant toward him." 25 Yet for those who reprove, it shall be pleasant, And on them shall come the blessing of good." 26 He kisses the lips Who replies with corrective words. 27 Prepare your work outside, and equip it for yourself in the field; Afterward you may then build up your household." 28 Do not become a gratuitous witness against your associate, Or would you dupe with your lips? 29 Do not say, Just as he did to me, so shall I do to him; I shall render to the man according to his deeds." 30 I passed by the field of the slothful man, And by the vineyard of the man who lacked heart understanding, 31 And behold, all of it came up with sting nettles, Prickly acanthus covered its surface, And its barrier-wall of stones was pulled down." 32 Then I myself set my heart on what I was perceiving; I took admonition from what I saw: 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands, to lie at rest, 34 And your destitution will come like a wayfarer, And your lack like a man with a shield."