Proverbs 24:1-20

Saying 20

Do not envy the wicked,

do not desire their company;

for their hearts plot violence,

and their lips talk about making trouble.

Saying 21

By wisdom a house is built,

and through understanding it is established;

through knowledge its rooms are filled

with rare and beautiful treasures.

Saying 22

The wise prevail through great power,

and those who have knowledge muster their strength.

Surely you need guidance to wage war,

and victory is won through many advisers.

Saying 23

Wisdom is too high for fools;

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

Saying 24

Whoever plots evil

will be known as a schemer.

The schemes of folly are sin,

and people detest a mocker.

Saying 25

If you falter in a time of trouble,

how small is your strength!

Rescue those being led away to death;

hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

If 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

Eat honey, my son, for it is good;

honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.

Know 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

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

do not plunder their dwelling place;

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

but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

Saying 28

Do not gloat when your enemy falls;

when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,

or the Lord will see and disapprove

and turn his wrath away from them.

Saying 29

Do not fret because of evildoers

or be envious of the wicked,

for the evildoer has no future hope,

and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

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