|Be not envious of evil men, |
nor desire to be with them;
|for their minds devise violence, |
and their lips talk of mischief.
|By wisdom a house is built, |
and by understanding it is established;
|by knowledge the rooms are filled |
with all precious and pleasant riches.
|A wise man is mightier than a strong man, |
and a man of knowledge than he who has strength;
|for by wise guidance you can wage your war, |
and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
|Wisdom is too high for a fool; |
in the gate he does not open his mouth.
|He who plans to do evil |
will be called a mischief-maker.
|The devising of folly is sin, |
and the scoffer is an abomination to men.
|If you faint in the day of adversity, |
your strength is small.
|Rescue those who are being taken away to death; |
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
|If you say, "Behold, we did not know this," |
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
and will he not requite man according to his work?
|My son, eat honey, for it is good, |
and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
|Know that wisdom is such to your soul; |
if you find it, there will be a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.
|Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the righteous; |
do not violence to his home;
|for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again; |
but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.
|Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, |
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles;
|lest the LORD see it, and be displeased, |
and turn away his anger from him.
|Fret not yourself because of evildoers, |
and be not envious of the wicked;
|for the evil man has no future; |
the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
|My son, fear the LORD and the king, |
and do not disobey either of them;
|for disaster from them will rise suddenly, |
and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?
|These also are sayings of the wise. ||More wise sayings. Pr.24.23-34|
|He who says to the wicked, "You are innocent," |
will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations;
|but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, |
and a good blessing will be upon them.
|He who gives a right answer |
kisses the lips.
|Prepare your work outside, |
get everything ready for you in the field;
and after that build your house.
|Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, |
and do not deceive with your lips.
|Do not say, "I will do to him as he has done to me; |
I will pay the man back for what he has done."
|I passed by the field of a sluggard, |
by the vineyard of a man without sense;
|and lo, it was all overgrown with thorns; |
the ground was covered with nettles,
and its stone wall was broken down.
|Then I saw and considered it; |
I looked and received instruction.
|A little sleep, a little slumber, |
a little folding of the hands to rest,
|and poverty will come upon you like a robber,|
and want like an armed man.
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