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Proverbs 24 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Don't envy evil people; don't desire their company. 1 Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company;
2 For they spend their days plotting violence, and their words are always stirring up trouble. 2 for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.
3 A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. 3 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
4 Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables. 4 through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
5 A wise man is mightier than a strong man, and a man of knowledge is more powerful than a strong man. 5 A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength;
6 So don't go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many counselors. 6 for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.
7 Wisdom is too much for a fool. When the leaders gather, the fool has nothing to say. 7 Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.
8 A person who plans evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker. 8 He who plots evil will be known as a schemer.
9 The schemes of a fool are sinful; everyone despises a mocker. 9 The schemes of folly are sin, and men detest a mocker.
10 If you fail under pressure, your strength is not very great. 10 If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!
11 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don't stand back and let them die. 11 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 Don't try to avoid responsibility by saying you didn't know about it. For God knows all hearts, and he sees you. He keeps watch over your soul, and he knows you knew! And he will judge all people according to what they have done. 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, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste. 13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short. 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 Do not lie in wait like an outlaw at the home of the godly. And don't raid the house where the godly live. 15 Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against a righteous man's house, do not raid his dwelling place;
16 They may trip seven times, but each time they will rise again. But one calamity is enough to lay the wicked low. 16 for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.
17 Do not rejoice when your enemies fall into trouble. Don't be happy when they stumble. 17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,
18 For the LORD will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them. 18 or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him.
19 Do not fret because of evildoers; don't envy the wicked. 19 Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked,
20 For the evil have no future; their light will be snuffed out. 20 for the evil man has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
21 My child, fear the LORD and the king, and don't associate with rebels. 21 Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious,
22 For you will go down with them to sudden disaster. Who knows where the punishment from the LORD and the king will end? 22 for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?
23 Here are some further sayings of the wise: It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment. 23 These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:
24 A judge who says to the wicked, "You are innocent," will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations. 24 Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"-- peoples will curse him and nations denounce him.
25 But blessings are showered on those who convict the guilty. 25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.
26 It is an honor to receive an honest reply. 26 An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
27 Develop your business first before building your house. 27 Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
28 Do not testify spitefully against innocent neighbors; don't lie about them. 28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, or use your lips to deceive.
29 And don't say, "Now I can pay them back for all their meanness to me! I'll get even!" 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 walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one lacking sense. 30 I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
31 I saw that it was overgrown with thorns. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. 31 thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: 32 I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest -- 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--
34 and poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. 34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.