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Jehovah’s Witnesses

Online Bible

NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (2013 REVISION)

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Proverbs 24:1-34

OUTLINE OF CONTENTS

  • Do not envy evil men (1)

  • By wisdom a house is built up (3)

  • Righteous man may fall but will get up (16)

  • Do not retaliate (29)

  • Slumbering brings poverty (33, 34)

24  Do not envy evil men,
And do not crave their company,+
2   For their heart meditates on violence,
And their lips speak of trouble.
3   By wisdom a house* is built up,+ And by discernment it is made secure. 4   By knowledge its rooms are filled
With all sorts of precious and pleasant treasures.+
5   A wise man is powerful,+ And with knowledge a man increases his power. 6   By skillful direction* you will wage your war,+ And through many advisers* there is victory.*+ 7   True wisdom is unattainable for a fool;+ He has nothing to say in the city gate. 8   Anyone who plots evil
Will be called a master schemer.+
9   Foolish schemes* are sinful,
And people detest a ridiculer.+
10  If you become discouraged in the day of distress,*
Your strength will be meager.
11  Rescue those who are being taken away to death,
And hold back those staggering to the slaughter.+
12  If you say, “But we did not know about this,” Does not the One who examines hearts* discern it?+ Yes, the One who watches you* will know
And will repay each man according to his activity.+
13  My son, eat honey, because it is good;
Honey from the comb is sweet to the taste.
14  Likewise, know that wisdom is good for you.*+ If you find it, you will have a future
And your hope will not be cut off.+
15  Do not wickedly lie in ambush near the home of the righteous one;
Do not destroy his place of rest.
16  For the righteous one may fall seven times, and he will get up again,+ But the wicked will be made to stumble by calamity.+ 17  When your enemy falls, do not rejoice,
And when he stumbles, do not let your heart be joyful;+
18  Otherwise, Jehovah will see and be displeased,
And He will turn away his anger from him.*+
19  Do not be upset* because of evil men;
Do not envy wicked people,
20  For there is no future for anyone evil;+ The lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.+ 21  My son, fear Jehovah and the king.+ And do not associate with dissenters,*+ 22  For their disaster will arise suddenly.+ Who knows what ruin both* will bring upon them?+ 23  These sayings also belong to the wise: Partiality in judgment is not good.+ 24  Whoever says to the wicked one, “You are righteous,”+ Will be cursed by the peoples and denounced by the nations. 25  But it will go well for those reproving him;+ Blessings of good things will come upon them.+ 26  People will kiss the lips of the one replying honestly.*+ 27  Prepare your outside work, and get everything ready in the field;
Then build your house.*
28  Do not testify against your neighbor without grounds.+ Do not use your lips to deceive others.+ 29  Do not say: “I will do to him just as he has done to me;
I will repay him for what he did.”*+
30  I passed by the field of the lazy one,+ By the vineyard of the man lacking good sense.* 31  I saw that it was overgrown with weeds;
The ground was covered with nettles,
And its stone wall was broken down.+
32  I observed this and took it to heart;
I saw it and learned this lesson:*
33  A little sleep, a little slumbering,
A little folding of the hands to rest,
34  And your poverty will come like a bandit,
And your want like an armed man.+

Footnotes

Or “household.”
Or “wise guidance.”
Or “counselors.”
Or “success; salvation.”
Or “The schemes of a fool.”
Or “in times of trouble.”
Or “motives.”
Or “your soul.”
Or “is sweet to your soul.”
That is, the enemy.
Or “show yourself heated up.”
Or “those who are for a change.”
That is, Jehovah and the king.
Or possibly, “Replying in a straightforward way is like giving a kiss.”
Or “household.”
Or “I will get even with him.”
Lit., “in want of heart.”
Lit., “I took the discipline:”