Proverbs 24:23-34

These also are sayings of the wise.
To [a]show partiality in judgment is not good.
He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;
But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
He kisses the lips
Who gives [b]a right answer.

Prepare your work outside
And make it ready for yourself in the field;
Afterwards, then, build your house.

Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,
And do not deceive with your lips.
Do not say, “Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me;
I will [c]render to the man according to his work.”

I passed by the field of the sluggard
And by the vineyard of the man lacking [d]sense,
And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles;
Its surface was covered with [e]nettles,
And its stone wall was broken down.
When I saw, I [f]reflected upon it;
I looked, and received instruction.
“A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,”
Then your poverty will come as [g]a robber
And your want like [h]an armed man.

  1. Proverbs 24:23 Lit regard the face
  2. Proverbs 24:26 Or an honest
  3. Proverbs 24:29 Lit bring back
  4. Proverbs 24:30 Lit heart
  5. Proverbs 24:31 I.e. a kind of weed
  6. Proverbs 24:32 Lit set my heart
  7. Proverbs 24:34 Or a vagabond; lit one who walks
  8. Proverbs 24:34 Lit a man with a shield

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