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Proverbs 24 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Precepts and Warnings

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Do not be envious of evil people,

Nor desire to be with them;

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For their [fn]minds plot violence,

And their lips talk of trouble.

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By wisdom a house is built,

And by understanding it is established;

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And by knowledge the rooms are filled

With all precious and pleasant riches.

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A wise man is [fn]strong,

And a person of knowledge [fn]increases power.

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For by wise guidance you will [fn]wage war,

And in an abundance of counselors there is victory.

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Wisdom is too exalted for a fool,

He does not open his mouth at the gate.

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One who plans to do evil,

People will call a [fn]schemer.

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The devising of foolishness is sin,

And the scoffer is an abomination to humanity.

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If you show yourself lacking courage on the day of distress,

Your strength is meager.

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Rescue those who are being taken away to death,

And those who are staggering to the slaughter, Oh hold them back!

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If you say, “See, we did not know this,”

Does He who weighs the hearts not consider it?

And does He who watches over your soul not know it?

And will He not [fn]repay a person according to his work?

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My son, eat honey, for it is good;

Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;

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Know that wisdom is the same for your soul;

If you find it, then there will be a [fn]future,

And your hope will not be cut off.

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Do not lie in ambush, you wicked person, against the home of the righteous;

Do not destroy his resting place;

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For a righteous person falls seven times and rises again,

But the wicked stumble in time of disaster.

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Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,

And do not let your heart rejoice when he stumbles,

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Otherwise, the LORD will see and [fn]be displeased,

And turn His anger away from him.

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Do not get upset because of evildoers

Or be envious of the wicked;

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For there will be no [fn]future for the evil person;

The lamp of the wicked will be put out.

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My son, [fn]fear the LORD and the king;

Do not get involved with those [fn]of high rank,

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For their disaster will rise suddenly,

And who knows the ruin that can come from both of them?

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These also are sayings of the wise:

To [fn]show partiality in judgment is not good.

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One who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”

Peoples will curse him, nations will scold him;

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But for those who rebuke the wicked there will be delight,

And a good blessing will come upon them.

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One who gives [fn]a right answer

Kisses the lips.

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Prepare your work outside,

And make it ready for yourself in the field;

Afterward, then, build your house.

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Do not be a witness against your neighbor for no reason,

And do not deceive with your lips.

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Do not say, “I shall do the same to him as he has done to me;

I will [fn]repay the person according to his work.”

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I passed by the field of [fn]a lazy one,

And by the vineyard of a person lacking [fn]sense,

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And behold, it was completely overgrown with weeds;

Its surface was covered with weeds,

And its stone wall was broken down.

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When I saw, I [fn]reflected upon it;

I looked, and received instruction.

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“A little sleep, a little slumber,

A little folding of the hands to rest,”

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Then your poverty will come like [fn]a drifter,

And your need like [fn]an armed man.

NASB20 Footnotes
Lit hearts
Lit in strength
Lit strengthens power
Lit make battle for yourself
Or deviser of evil
Lit bring back to
Lit latter end
Lit it is evil in His eyes
Lit latter end
Or revere
Or who change
Lit regard the face
Or an honest
Lit bring back
Lit an idle
Lit heart
Lit set my heart
Lit one who moves about
Lit a man with a shield

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