24 Do not envyx the wicked,
do not desire their company;
2 for their hearts plot violence,y
and their lips talk about making trouble.z
3 By wisdom a house is built,a
and through understanding it is established;
with rare and beautiful treasures.b
5 The wise prevail through great power,
and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
and victory is won through many advisers.c
7 Wisdom is too high for fools;
in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
8 Whoever plots evil
will be known as a schemer.
and people detest a mocker.
10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
how small is your strength!d
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.e
does not he who weighsf the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.i
15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
do not plunder their dwelling place;
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.j
17 Do not gloatk when your enemy falls;
when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,l
and turn his wrath away from them.m
19 Do not fretn because of evildoers
or be envious of the wicked,
and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.o
21 Fear the Lord and the king,p my son,
and do not join with rebellious officials,
22 for those two will send sudden destructionq on them,
and who knows what calamities they can bring?
23 These also are sayings of the wise:r
24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”u
will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
and rich blessing will come on them.
is like a kiss on the lips.
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house.
28 Do not testify against your neighbor without causev—
would you use your lips to mislead?
I’ll pay them back for what they did.”w
30 I went past the field of a sluggard,x
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
a little folding of the hands to resty—
and scarcity like an armed man.z