King James VersionProverbs24


1 Be not thou en­vi­ous against evil men, nei­ther de­sire to be with them.
2 For their heart studi­eth de­struc­tion, and their lips talk of mis­chief.
3 Through wis­dom is an house build­ed; and by un­der­stand­ing it is es­tab­lished:
4 And by knowl­edge shall the cham­bers be filled with all pre­cious and pleas­ant rich­es.
5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowl­edge in­creaseth strength.
6 For by wise coun­sel thou shalt make thy war: and in mul­ti­tude of coun­sel­lors there is safe­ty.
7 Wis­dom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
8 He that de­viseth to do evil shall be called a mis­chievous per­son.
9 The thought of fool­ish­ness is sin: and the scorner is an abom­i­na­tion to men.
10 If thou faint in the day of ad­ver­si­ty, thy strength is small.
11 If thou for­bear to de­liv­er them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
12 If thou sayest, Be­hold, we knew it not; doth not he that pon­dereth the heart con­sid­er it? and he that keep­eth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he ren­der to every man ac­cord­ing to his works?
13 My son, eat thou hon­ey, be­cause it is good; and the hon­ey­comb, which is sweet to thy taste:
14 So shall the knowl­edge of wis­dom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a re­ward, and thy ex­pec­ta­tion shall not be cut off.
15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righ­teous; spoil not his rest­ing place:
16 For a just man fal­l­eth sev­en times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mis­chief.
17 Re­joice not when thine en­e­my fal­l­eth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stum­bleth:
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it dis­please him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
19 Fret not thy­self be­cause of evil men, nei­ther be thou en­vi­ous at the wicked;
20 For there shall be no re­ward to the evil man; the can­dle of the wicked shall be put out.
21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and med­dle not with them that are giv­en to change:
22 For their calami­ty shall rise sud­den­ly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have re­spect of per­sons in judg­ment.
24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righ­teous; him shall the peo­ple curse, na­tions shall ab­hor him:
25 But to them that re­buke him shall be de­light, and a good bless­ing shall come upon them.
26 Ev­ery man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right an­swer.
27 Pre­pare thy work with­out, and make it fit for thy­self in the field; and af­ter­wards build thine house.
28 Be not a wit­ness against thy neigh­bour with­out cause; and de­ceive not with thy lips.
29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will ren­der to the man ac­cord­ing to his work.
30 I went by the field of the sloth­ful, and by the vine­yard of the man void of un­der­stand­ing;
31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and net­tles had cov­ered the face there­of, and the stone wall there­of was bro­ken down.
32 Then I saw, and con­sid­ered it well: I looked upon it, and re­ceived in­struc­tion.
33 Yet a lit­tle sleep, a lit­tle slum­ber, a lit­tle fold­ing of the hands to sleep:
34 So shall thy pover­ty come as one that trav­el­leth; and thy want as an armed man.