New International Version

Proverbs 24:1-34

Saying 20

1Do not envy the wicked,

do not desire their company;

2for their hearts plot violence,

and their lips talk about making trouble.

Saying 21

3By wisdom a house is built,

and through understanding it is established;

4through knowledge its rooms are filled

with rare and beautiful treasures.

Saying 22

5The wise prevail through great power,

and those who have knowledge muster their strength.

6Surely you need guidance to wage war,

and victory is won through many advisers.

Saying 23

7Wisdom is too high for fools;

in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.

Saying 24

8Whoever plots evil

will be known as a schemer.

9The schemes of folly are sin,

and people detest a mocker.

Saying 25

10If you falter in a time of trouble,

how small is your strength!

11Rescue those being led away to death;

hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

12If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”

does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

Does not he who guards your life know it?

Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?

Saying 26

13Eat honey, my son, for it is good;

honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.

14Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:

If you find it, there is a future hope for you,

and your hope will not be cut off.

Saying 27

15Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,

do not plunder their dwelling place;

16for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,

but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

Saying 28

17Do not gloat when your enemy falls;

when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,

18or the Lord will see and disapprove

and turn his wrath away from them.

Saying 29

19Do not fret because of evildoers

or be envious of the wicked,

20for the evildoer has no future hope,

and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

Saying 30

21Fear the Lord and the king, my son,

and do not join with rebellious officials,

22for those two will send sudden destruction on them,

and who knows what calamities they can bring?

Further Sayings of the Wise

23These also are sayings of the wise:

To show partiality in judging is not good:

24Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”

will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.

25But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,

and rich blessing will come on them.

26An honest answer

is like a kiss on the lips.

27Put your outdoor work in order

and get your fields ready;

after that, build your house.

28Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—

would you use your lips to mislead?

29Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me;

I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

30I went past the field of a sluggard,

past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;

31thorns had come up everywhere,

the ground was covered with weeds,

and the stone wall was in ruins.

32I applied my heart to what I observed

and learned a lesson from what I saw:

33A little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to rest—

34and poverty will come on you like a thief

and scarcity like an armed man.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

箴言 24:1-34

1不要羡慕恶人,

不要向往与他们为友;

2因为他们心里图谋暴行,

口中谈论恶事。

3家靠智慧而建立,

靠悟性而稳固,

4借知识而充满各种珍宝。

5智者充满能力,

哲士力上加力。

6出征打仗,要凭智谋;

谋士众多,胜券在握。

7智慧对愚人高不可及,

他在城门口沉默不语。

8图谋作恶的必被称为阴谋家。

9愚人的计谋是罪恶,

人人都厌恶嘲讽者。

10逆境中丧胆的是弱者。

11被拉去屠杀的,你要抢救;

踉跄受死的,你要拦阻。

12不要推说自己毫不知情,

鉴察人心的主洞悉一切,

保守你生命的上帝知情,

祂必按你的行为报应你。

13孩子啊,你要吃美好的蜂蜜,

蜂房滴下的蜜甘甜可口。

14智慧同样使你的心灵甘甜;

你若找到智慧,前途必光明,

盼望也不会幻灭。

15不要像恶人一样暗算义人,

破坏他的家。

16因为义人跌倒七次也必起来,

恶人却被灾祸击垮。

17仇敌跌倒,不要幸灾乐祸;

仇敌败落,不要心里欢喜。

18否则,耶和华看见会不悦,

不再向仇敌发烈怒。

19不要因恶人而愤愤不平,

也不要羡慕歹徒;

20因为恶人毫无前途,

恶人的灯终必熄灭。

21孩子啊,要敬畏耶和华和君王,

不要跟反复无常之徒为伍。

22因为灾祸必骤然临到他们,

谁知道耶和华和君王如何毁灭他们?

其他智言

23以下也是智者的箴言:

判案时偏袒实为不善。

24判恶人无罪的,

必遭万人咒诅,

为列国痛恨。

25责备恶人的必有欢乐,

美好的福气必临到他。

26诚实的回答如同友好的亲吻。

27要安排好外面的事,

把田间的工作准备妥当,

然后建造房屋。

28别无故作证害邻舍,

也不可撒谎欺骗人。

29不可说:“别人怎样待我,

我就怎样待他;

我要照他所做的报复他。”

30我走过懒惰人的田地和无知者的葡萄园,

31那里荆棘遍地,

刺草丛生,

石墙倒塌。

32我仔细思想所见之事,

领悟到一个教训:

33再睡一会儿,

打个盹儿,

抱着手躺一会儿,

34贫穷必像强盗一样临到你,

缺乏必像武士一样扑向你。