Chapter 24

In a multitude of counselors there is safety—Fret not yourself because of evil men—It is not good to show partiality in judgment.

 Be not thou aenvious against bevil men, neither desire to be with them.

 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:

 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

 A wise man is astrong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy awar: and in bmultitude of ccounsellors there is safety.

 Wisdom is too high for a afool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

 The thought of afoolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

 10 If thou afaint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

 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 apondereth 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 bworks?

 13 My son, eat thou ahoney, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:

 14 So shall 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 ariseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

 17 Rejoice not when thine aenemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:

 18 Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

 19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou aenvious at the wicked;

 20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the acandle of the wicked shall be put out.

 21 My son, afear 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?

 23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have arespect of persons in judgment.

 24 He that saith unto the awicked, 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 aPrepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

 28 Be not a awitness against thy neighbour without cause; and bdeceive not with thy lips.

 29 Say not, I will ado so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

 30 I went by the field of the aslothful, 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 awall thereof was broken down.

 32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

 33 Yet a little asleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

 34 So shall thy poverty come as one athat travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.