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Proverbs 24 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Do Not Envy Evil Men
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 heart devises violence,
And their lips talk of troublemaking.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:3 - Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:4 - By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:5 - A wise man is strong,
Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:6 - For by wise counsel you will wage your own war,
And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:7 - Wisdom is too lofty for a fool;
He does not open his mouth in the gate.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:8 - He who plots to do evil
Will be called a schemer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:9 - The devising of foolishness is sin,
And the scoffer is an abomination to men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:10 - If you faint in the day of adversity,
Your strength is small.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:11 - Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:12 - If you say, “Surely we did not know this,”
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:13 - My son, eat honey because it is good,
And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:14 - So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul;
If you have found it, there is a prospect,
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 plunder his resting place;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:16 - For a righteous man may fall seven times
And rise again,
But the wicked shall fall by 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 - Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him,
And He turn away His wrath from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:19 - Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the wicked;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:20 - For there will be no prospect for the evil man;
The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:21 - My son, fear the LORD and the king;
Do not associate with those given to change;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:22 - For their calamity will rise suddenly,
And who knows the ruin those two can bring?
Further Sayings of the Wise
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:23 - These things also belong to the wise:

It is not good to show partiality in judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:24 - He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
Him the people will curse;
Nations will abhor him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:25 - But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:26 - He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:27 - Prepare your outside work,
Make it fit for yourself in the field;
And afterward build your house.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:28 - Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,
For would you deceive[fn] with your lips?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:29 - Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me;
I will render to the man according to his work.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:30 - I went by the field of the lazy man,
And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:31 - And there it was, all overgrown with thorns;
Its surface was covered with nettles;
Its stone wall was broken down.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:32 - When I saw it, I considered it well;
I looked on it 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 - So shall your poverty come like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.
NKJV Footnotes
Septuagint and Vulgate read Do not deceive.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The text of the New King James Version (NKJV) appearing on or deriving from this or any other web page is for personal use only. Any other use of the NKJV must be in conformity with the Quotation Policy for the New King James Version. For more information about the New King James Version, the Quotation Policy, and for inquiries about permission to use the New King James Version, go to Thomas Nelson, Inc..

For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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