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Proverbs 24 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:1 - Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:2 - for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:3 - By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:4 - through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:5 - The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:6 - Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:7 - Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:8 - Whoever plots evil will be known as a schemer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:9 - The schemes of folly are sin, and people detest a mocker.

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:10 - If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:11 - Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:12 - 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?

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:13 - Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:14 - 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.

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:15 - Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous, do not plunder their dwelling place;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:16 - for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:17 - Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:18 - or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:19 - Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:20 - for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:21 - Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:22 - for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:23 - These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:24 - Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:25 - But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come on them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:26 - An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:27 - Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:28 - Do not testify against your neighbor without cause— would you use your lips to mislead?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:29 - Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:30 - I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:31 - thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:32 - I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:33 - A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:34 - and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

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