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Proverbs 24 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. 1 Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company;
2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief. 2 for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.
3 Through wisdom is an house builded ; and by understanding it is established : 3 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 4 through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. 5 A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength;
6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety. 6 for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate. 7 Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.
8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person. 8 He who plots evil will be known as a schemer.
9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men. 9 The schemes of folly are sin, and men detest a mocker.
10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. 10 If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!
11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; 11 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
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? 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 son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: 13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your 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 . 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 Lay not wait , O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: 15 Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against a righteous man's house, do not raid his dwelling place;
16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again : but the wicked shall fall into mischief. 16 for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.
17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth , and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth : 17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. 18 or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him.
19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; 19 Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked,
20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out . 20 for the evil man has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change : 21 Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious,
22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both? 22 for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?
23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. 23 These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:
24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse , nations shall abhor him: 24 Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"-- peoples will curse him and nations denounce him.
25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight , and a good blessing shall come upon them. 25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.
26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer. 26 An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house. 27 Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. 28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, or use your lips to deceive.
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. 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 went by the field of the slothful , and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 30 I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
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 . 31 thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 Then I saw , and considered it well : I looked upon it, and received instruction. 32 I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep : 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--
34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth ; and thy want as an armed man. 34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.