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Proverbs 24 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Precepts and Warnings

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:1 - Do not be envious of evil men,
Nor desire to be with them;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:2 - For their [fn]minds devise violence,
And their lips talk of trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:3 - By wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:4 - And by knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:5 - A wise man is [fn]strong,
And a man of knowledge [fn]increases power.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:6 - For by wise guidance you will [fn]wage war,
And in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:7 - Wisdom is too exalted for a fool,
He does not open his mouth in the gate.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:8 - One who plans to do evil,
Men will call a [fn]schemer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:9 - The devising of folly is sin,
And the scoffer is an abomination to men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:10 - If you are slack in the day of distress,
Your strength is limited.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:11 - Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:12 - If you say, “See, we did not know this,”
Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
And will He not [fn]render to man according to his work?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:13 - My son, eat honey, for it is good,
Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:14 - Know that wisdom is thus for your soul;
If you find it, then there will be a [fn]future,
And your hope will not be cut off.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:15 - Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;
Do not destroy his resting place;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:16 - For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,
But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:17 - Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:18 - Or the LORD will see it and [fn]be displeased,
And turn His anger away from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:19 - Do not fret because of evildoers
Or be envious of the wicked;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:20 - For there will be no [fn]future for the evil man;
The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:21 - My son, [fn]fear the LORD and the king;
Do not associate with those who are given to change,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:22 - For their calamity will rise suddenly,
And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:23 - These also are sayings of the wise.
To [fn]show partiality in judgment is not good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:24 - He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:25 - But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:26 - He kisses the lips
Who gives [fn]a right answer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:27 - Prepare your work outside
And make it ready for yourself in the field;
Afterwards, then, build your house.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:28 - Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,
And do not deceive with your lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:29 - Do not say, “Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me;
I will [fn]render to the man according to his work.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:30 - I passed by the field of the sluggard
And by the vineyard of the man lacking [fn]sense,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:31 - And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles;
Its surface was covered with [fn]nettles,
And its stone wall was broken down.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:32 - When I saw, I [fn]reflected upon it;
I looked, and received instruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:33 - “A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:34 - Then your poverty will come as [fn]a robber
And your want like [fn]an armed man.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: hearts
Literally: in strength
Literally: strengthens power
Literally: make battle for yourself
Or, deviser of evil
Literally: bring back
Literally: latter end
Literally: it is evil in His eyes
Literally: latter end
Or, reverence
Literally: regard the face
Or, an honest
Literally: bring back
Literally: heart
I.e. a kind of weed
Literally: set my heart
Or, a vagabond; lit one who walks
Literally: a man with a shield

New American Standard Bible 1995
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by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
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