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1 Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them; 1 Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company;
2 for their minds devise violence, and their lips talk of mischief. 2 for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.
3 By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; 3 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
4 by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 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 than he who has strength; 5 A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength;
6 for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. 6 for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth. 7 Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.
8 He who plans to do evil will be called a mischief-maker. 8 He who plots evil will be known as a schemer.
9 The devising of folly is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to men. 9 The schemes of folly are sin, and men detest a mocker.
10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. 10 If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!
11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. 11 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, "Behold, we did not know this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not requite man according to his work? 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 honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. 13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will 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 Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the righteous; do not violence to his home; 15 Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against a righteous man's house, do not raid his dwelling place;
16 for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity. 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 enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles; 17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,
18 lest the LORD see it, and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him. 18 or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him.
19 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked; 19 Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked,
20 for the evil man has no future; 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 My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not disobey either of them; 21 Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious,
22 for disaster from them will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both? 22 for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?
23 These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good. 23 These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:
24 He who says to the wicked, "You are innocent," will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations; 24 Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"-- peoples will curse him and nations denounce him.
25 but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will be upon them. 25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.
26 He who gives a right answer kisses the lips. 26 An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
27 Prepare your work outside, get everything ready for you in the field; and after that build your house. 27 Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
28 Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips. 28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, or use your lips to deceive.
29 Do not say, "I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done." 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 passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man without sense; 30 I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
31 and lo, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall 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; I looked and received instruction. 32 I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little 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 come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. 34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.