Proverbs, Chapter 24 - Insights on Human Nature, Wisdom, and Consequences of Actions

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Proverbs 24:1
Don’t be envious of evil men, neither desire to be with them;
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For their hearts plot violence and their lips talk about mischief.
Proverbs 24:3
Through wisdom a house is built; by understanding it is established;
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By knowledge the rooms are filled with all rare and beautiful treasure.
Proverbs 24:5
A wise man has great power. A knowledgeable man increases strength,
Proverbs 24:6
For by wise guidance you wage your war, and victory is in many advisors.
Proverbs 24:7
Wisdom is too high for a fool. He doesn’t open his mouth in the gate.
Proverbs 24:8
One who plots to do evil will be called a schemer.
Proverbs 24:9
The schemes of folly are sin. The mocker is detested by men.
Proverbs 24:10
If you falter in the time of trouble, your strength is small.
Proverbs 24:11
Rescue those who are being led away to death! Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter!
Proverbs 24:12
If you say, “Behold, we didn’t know this,” doesn’t he who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, doesn’t he know it? Shall he not render to every man according to his work?
Proverbs 24:13
My son, eat honey, for it is good, the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your taste;
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So you shall know wisdom to be to your soul. If you have found it, then there will be a reward: Your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 24:15
Don’t lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous. Don’t destroy his resting place;
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For a righteous man falls seven times and rises up again, but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.
Proverbs 24:17
Don’t rejoice when your enemy falls. Don’t let your heart be glad when he is overthrown,
Proverbs 24:18
Lest Yahweh see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
Proverbs 24:19
Don’t fret yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious of the wicked;
Proverbs 24:20
For there will be no reward to the evil man. The lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
Proverbs 24:21
My son, fear Yahweh and the king. Don’t join those who are rebellious,
Proverbs 24:22
For their calamity will rise suddenly. Who knows what destruction may come from them both?
Proverbs 24:23
These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judgment is not good.
Proverbs 24:24
He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,” peoples will curse him, and nations will abhor him—
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But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and a rich blessing will come on them.
Proverbs 24:26
An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
Proverbs 24:27
Prepare your work outside, and get your fields ready. Afterwards, build your house.
Proverbs 24:28
Don’t be a witness against your neighbor without cause. Don’t deceive with your lips.
Proverbs 24:29
Don’t say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will repay the man according to his work.”
Proverbs 24:30
I went by the field of the sluggard, by the vineyard of the man void of understanding.
Proverbs 24:31
Behold, it was all grown over with thorns. Its surface was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.
Proverbs 24:32
Then I saw, and considered well. I saw, and received instruction:
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A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep,
Proverbs 24:34
So your poverty will come as a robber and your want as an armed man.

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