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Proverbs 24:1

Saying 20

1 Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company;

Read Proverbs 24:1 Using Other Translations

Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them,
Don’t envy evil people or desire their company.

What does Proverbs 24:1 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 24:1

Be not thou envious against evil men
Or, "men of evil" {b}. Such who are addicted to evil, and given up to it, whose principles and practices are bad; such as are before described in the preceding chapter; gluttons and drunkards, men given to women and wine: envy not their present prosperity, or seeming pleasure they have in the gratification of their sensual appetites; since woe and sorrow, wounds and strife, now attend them, and poverty and want will follow them; as well as everlasting ruin and destruction will be their portion hereafter; (See Gill on Proverbs 23:17); and compare with this ( Proverbs 24:21 Proverbs 24:27 Proverbs 24:29 Proverbs 24:32 ) ; neither desire to be with them;
to be in their company; to have any conversation and fellowship with them, which is very infectious, dangerous, and pernicious; nor even to be in the same state, condition, and circumstances they are in; much less to do as they do, and imitate them in their sinful courses; as you would not choose to be with them in hell hereafter, do not desire to be with them here.


F2 (her yvnab) "viros mali", Baynus, Michaelis.
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