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Proverbs 24 CEBA/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Don't envy evil people, and don't long to be with them. 1 Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company;
2 Their hearts are focused on violence, and their lips speak of trouble. 2 for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.
3 By wisdom a house is built; by understanding it is established. 3 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
4 By knowledge rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant wealth. 4 through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
5 A wise person is mightier than a strong one; a knowledgeable person than a powerful one. 5 A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength;
6 You should make war with guidance; victory comes with many counselors. 6 for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.
7 Wisdom is beyond foolish people. They don't open their mouths in the gate. 7 Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.
8 Those who plot evil will be called master schemers. 8 He who plots evil will be known as a schemer.
9 The scheming of fools is sin; people detest mockers. 9 The schemes of folly are sin, and men detest a mocker.
10 If you show yourself weak on a day of distress, your strength is too small. 10 If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!
11 Rescue those being taken off to death; and from those staggering to the slaughter, don't hold back. 11 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, "Look, we didn't know about it," the one who weighs hearts—doesn't he understand? The one who protects your life—he knows. He makes people pay for their actions. 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 each person according to what he has done?
13 My child, eat honey, for it is good. The honeycomb is sweet in your mouth. 13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know that wisdom is like that for your whole being. If you find it, there is a future. Your hope won't be cut off. 14 Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
15 Wicked one, don't wait secretly at the home of the righteous. Don't destroy their dwelling. 15 Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against a righteous man's house, do not raid his dwelling place;
16 The righteous may fall seven times but still get up, but the wicked will stumble into trouble. 16 for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.
17 When your enemies fall, don't rejoice. When they stumble, don't let your heart be glad, 17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,
18 or the LORD will see it and be displeased, and he will turn his anger from them. 18 or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him.
19 Don't get fighting mad at evil people; don't be envious of the wicked. 19 Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked,
20 Indeed, there is no future for the evil; the lamp of the wicked will be put out. 20 for the evil man has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
21 Fear the LORD, my child, as well as the king. Don't associate with those who are rebellious. 21 Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious,
22 Disaster comes suddenly from them. Who can know the ruin that both can bring? 22 for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?
23 These are also the sayings of the wise: Partiality in judgment isn't good. 23 These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:
24 Those who say to the guilty, "You are innocent"— the people will curse them. Nations will condemn them. 24 Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"-- peoples will curse him and nations denounce him.
25 But it will go well for those who rebuke them. A rich blessing will come to them. 25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.
26 Those who speak honestly are like those who kiss on the lips. 26 An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
27 Get your outside work done; make preparations in the field; then you can build your house. 27 Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
28 Don't be a witness against your neighbor without reason; don't deceive with your lips. 28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, or use your lips to deceive.
29 Don't say, "I'll do to them what they did to me. I'll pay them back for their actions." 29 Do not say, "I'll do to him as he has done to me; I'll pay that man back for what he did."
30 I happened upon the field of a lazy person, by the vineyard of one with no sense. 30 I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
31 Thorns grew all over it; weeds covered the ground, and the stone wall was falling down. 31 thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I observed this and took it to heart; I saw it and learned a lesson. 32 I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 "A little sleep, a little slumber, 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--
34 a little lying down with folded arms"— and poverty will come on you like a prowler, deprivation like a man with a shield. 34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.