1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. 2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: 4
And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 5
A wise man is
strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.*† 6
For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is
too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate. 8
He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person. 9
The thought of foolishness is
sin: and the scorner is
an abomination to men. 10 If
thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is
11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; 12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
My son, eat thou honey, because it is
good; and the honeycomb, which is
sweet to thy taste:§ 14
the knowledge of wisdom be
unto thy soul: when thou hast found it
, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: 16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: 18
Lest the LORD
, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.**
Fret not thyself because of evil men
, neither be thou envious at the wicked;†† 20
For there shall be no reward to the evil man;
the candle of the wicked shall be put out.‡‡
My son, fear thou the LORD
and the king: and
meddle not with them that are given to change:§§ 22
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
to the wise. It is
not good to have respect of persons in judgment. 24
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art
righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him: 25
But to them that rebuke him
shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.*** 26 Every man
shall kiss his
lips that giveth a right answer.††† 27
Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. 29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31
And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and
nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. 32
Then I saw, and
well: I looked upon it, and
received instruction.‡‡‡ 33 Yet
a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 34
So shall thy poverty come as
one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.§§§
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