Proverbs 24

Listen to Proverbs 24
1 Be not 1envious of evil men, nor desire to be 2with them,
2 for their hearts 3devise violence, and their lips 4talk of trouble.
3 By 5wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;
4 by knowledge the rooms are filled with all 6precious and pleasant riches.
5 7A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,
6 for by 8wise guidance you can wage your war, and in 9abundance of counselors there is victory.
7 Wisdom is 10too high for a fool; in 11the gate he does not open his mouth.
8 Whoever 12plans to do evil will be called a schemer.
9 13The devising[a] of folly is sin, and 14the scoffer is an abomination to mankind.
10 If you 15faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.
11 16Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, "Behold, we did not know this," 17does not he who 18weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who 19keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man 20according to his work?
13 My son, 21eat honey, for it is good, and 22the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be 23a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
15 24Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the righteous; do no violence to his home;
16 25for the righteous falls 26seven times and rises again, but 27the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
17 28Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
18 lest the LORD see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.
19 29Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not 30envious of the wicked,
20 for the evil man has no 31future; 32the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
21 My son, 33fear the LORD and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise,
22 for disaster will arise suddenly from them, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?

More Sayings of the Wise

23 These also are sayings of 34the wise. 35Partiality in judging is not good.
24 Whoever 36says to the wicked, "You are in the right," 37will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,
25 but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.
26 Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips.
27 38Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.
28 39Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.
29 Do not say, 40"I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done."
30 41I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man 42lacking sense,
31 and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone 43wall was broken down.
32 Then I saw and 44considered it; I looked and received instruction.
33 45A 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.

Proverbs 24 Commentary

Chapter 24

Verses 1-2 Envy not sinners. And let not a desire ever come into thy mind, Oh that I could shake off restraints! ( 3-6 ) . Piety and prudence in outward affairs, both go together to complete a wise man. By knowledge the soul is filled with the graces and comforts of the spirit, those precious and pleasant riches. The spirit is strengthened for the spiritual work and the spiritual warfare, by true wisdom. ( 7-9 ) . A weak man thinks wisdom is too high for him, therefore he will take no pains for it. It is bad to do evil, but worse to devise it. Even the first risings of sin in the heart are sin, and must be repented of. Those that strive to make others hateful, make themselves so. Verse 10 . Under troubles we are apt to despair of relief. But be of good ( proverbs 24:11-12 ) know that his neighbour is in danger by any unjust proceeding, he is bound to do all in his power to deliver him. And what is it to suffer immortal souls to perish, when our persuasions and ( proverbs 24:13-14 ) quickened to the study of wisdom by considering both the pleasure and the profit of it. All men relish things that are sweet to the palate; but many have no relish for the things that are sweet to the purified soul, and that make us wise unto ( proverbs 24:15-16 ) do, by stumbling at some stone in his path; but gets up, and goes on his way with more care and speed. This is rather to be understood of falls into affliction, than falls into actual sin. ( proverbs 24:17-18 ) ( proverbs 24:19-20 ) ( proverbs 24:21-22 ) The godly in the land, will be quiet in the land. There may be cause to change for the better, but have nothing to do with them that are given change. ( 23-26 ) . The wisdom God giveth, renders a man fit for his station. Every one who finds the benefit of the right answer, will be attached to him that gave it. Verse 27 . We must prefer necessaries before conveniences, and not go in debt. ( proverbs 24:28-29 ) ( 30-34 ) . See what a blessing the husbandman's calling is, and what a wilderness this earth would be without it. See what great difference there is in the management even of worldly affairs. Sloth and self-indulgence are the bane of all good. When we see fields overgrown with thorns and thistles, and the fences broken down, we see an emblem of the far more deplorable state of many souls. Every vile affection grows in men's hearts; yet they compose themselves to sleep. Let us show wisdom by doubling our diligence in every good thing.

Cross References 45

  • 1. ver. 19; See Psalms 37:1
  • 2. See Proverbs 1:15
  • 3. [Isaiah 59:13]
  • 4. Psalms 10:7
  • 5. [Proverbs 14:1]
  • 6. [Proverbs 23:23; Luke 16:11]
  • 7. [Proverbs 21:22]
  • 8. Proverbs 20:18
  • 9. See Proverbs 11:14
  • 10. [Proverbs 14:6]
  • 11. See Job 5:4
  • 12. Romans 1:30
  • 13. [Proverbs 21:27]
  • 14. See Psalms 1:1
  • 15. [Hebrews 12:3]
  • 16. Psalms 82:4; [Isaiah 58:6, 7]
  • 17. [Ecclesiastes 5:8]
  • 18. Proverbs 16:2; See 1 Samuel 16:7
  • 19. [Psalms 91:11]
  • 20. See Job 34:11
  • 21. [Psalms 19:10; Psalms 119:103; Song of Songs 5:1; Isaiah 7:15]
  • 22. Song of Songs 4:11
  • 23. See Proverbs 23:18
  • 24. Psalms 10:9, 10
  • 25. See Psalms 37:24
  • 26. See Job 5:19
  • 27. Proverbs 14:32
  • 28. Psalms 35:15, 19; [Micah 7:8]; See Proverbs 17:5
  • 29. [Jeremiah 12:1]; See Psalms 37:1
  • 30. ver. 1
  • 31. [See ver. 14 above]
  • 32. Proverbs 13:9; See Job 18:5
  • 33. 1 Peter 2:17; [Romans 13:7]
  • 34. Proverbs 1:6; Proverbs 22:17
  • 35. See Proverbs 18:5
  • 36. See Proverbs 17:15
  • 37. Proverbs 11:26
  • 38. [Luke 14:28]
  • 39. [Proverbs 25:18]
  • 40. See Proverbs 20:22
  • 41. [Job 5:3]
  • 42. See Proverbs 6:32
  • 43. Isaiah 5:5
  • 44. [Proverbs 22:17]
  • 45. For ver. 33, 34, see Proverbs 6:10, 11

Footnotes 1

Chapter Summary


This chapter relates Rehoboam's going to Shechem to be made king, and Jeroboam's return from Egypt, 1Ki 12:1,2, the people's request to Rehoboam to be eased of their taxes, as the condition of making him king, 1Ki 12:3,4, his answer to them, after three days, having had the advice both of the old and young men, which latter he followed, and gave in a rough answer, 1Ki 12:5-15, upon which ten tribes revolted from him, and two abode by him, 1Ki 12:16-20, wherefore he meditated a war against the ten tribes, but was forbid by the Lord to engage in it, 1Ki 12:21-24 and Jeroboam, in order to establish his kingdom, and preserve the people from a revolt to the house of David, because of the temple worship at Jerusalem, devised a scheme of idolatrous worship in his own territories, 1Ki 12:25-33.

Proverbs 24 Commentaries

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