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Proverbs 24 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Don’t envy evil people
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For their hearts plot violence,
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A house is built by wisdom
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Through knowledge its rooms are filled
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The wise are mightier than the strong,[fn]
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So don’t go to war without wise guidance;
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Wisdom is too lofty for fools.
Among leaders at the city gate, they have nothing to say.

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A person who plans evil
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The schemes of a fool are sinful;
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If you fail under pressure,
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Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;
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Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”
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He will repay all people as their actions deserve.

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My child,[fn] eat honey, for it is good,
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In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul.
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Don’t wait in ambush at the home of the godly,
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The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
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Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;
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For the LORD will be displeased with you
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Don’t fret because of evildoers;
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For evil people have no future;
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My child, fear the LORD and the king.
Don’t associate with rebels,

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for disaster will hit them suddenly.
Who knows what punishment will come
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Here are some further sayings of the wise:
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A judge who says to the wicked, “You are innocent,”
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But it will go well for those who convict the guilty;
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An honest answer
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Do your planning and prepare your fields
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Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause;
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And don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me!
I’ll get even with them!”

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I walked by the field of a lazy person,
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I saw that it was overgrown with nettles.
It was covered with weeds,
and its walls were broken down.

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Then, as I looked and thought about it,
I learned this lesson:

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A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—

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then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
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As in Greek version; Hebrew reads A wise man is strength.
Hebrew My son; also in 24:21.

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Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Full copyright information is provided here. Visit the New Living Translation website.

 
 
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