Precepts and Warnings
1 Do not be envious R894 of evil men,
Nor desire to be R895 with them;
2 For their minds F338 devise violence, R896
And their lips talk R897 of trouble.
3 By R898 wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
4 And by knowledge the rooms are filled R899
With all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise R900 man is strong, F339
And a man of knowledge increases F340 power.
6 For by R901 wise guidance you will wage F341 war,
And in R902 abundance of counselors there is victory.
7 Wisdom is too R903 exalted for a fool,
He does not open his mouth in R904 the gate.
8 One who plans R905 to do evil,
Men will call a schemer. F342
9 The devising R906 of folly is sin,
And the scoffer is an abomination to men.
10 If you are R907 slack in the day of distress,
Your strength is limited.
11 Deliver R908 those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.
12 If you say, "See, we did not know this,"
Does He not consider R909 it who R910 weighs the hearts?
And does R911 He not know it who keeps R912 your soul?
And will He not render R913 F343 to man according to his work?
13 My son, eat honey, R914 for it is good,
Yes, the honey R915 from the comb is sweet to your taste;
14 Know that wisdom R916 is thus for your soul;
If you find it, then there will be a future, R917 F344
And your hope will not be cut off.
15 Do R918 not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;
Do not destroy his resting place;
16 For a righteous R919 man falls seven times, and rises again,
But the wicked R920 stumble in time of calamity.
17 Do R921 not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
18 Or the LORD will see it and be F345 displeased,
And turn His anger away from him.
19 Do R922 not fret because of evildoers
Or be envious R923 of the wicked;
20 For there R924 will be no future R925 F346 for the evil man;
The lamp R926 of the wicked will be put out.
21 My son, fear R927 F347 the LORD and the king;
Do not associate with those who are given to change,
22 For their calamity R928 will rise suddenly,
And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?
23 These also are sayings R929 of the wise.
To show R930 F348 partiality in judgment is not good.
24 He who R931 says to the wicked, "You are righteous,"
Peoples R932 will curse him, nations will abhor him;
25 But to R933 those who rebuke the wicked will be delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
26 He kisses the lips
Who gives a F349 right answer.
27 Prepare your work outside
And make R934 it ready for yourself in the field;
Afterwards, then, build your house.
28 Do not be a witness R935 against your neighbor without cause,
And do R936 not deceive with your lips.
29 Do R937 not say, "Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me;
I will render F350 to the man according to his work."
30 I passed by the field of the sluggard
And by the vineyard of the man lacking R938 sense, F351
31 And behold, it was completely overgrown R939 with thistles;
Its surface was covered with nettles, R940 F352
And its stone wall R941 was broken down.
32 When I saw, I reflected F353 upon it;
I looked, and received instruction.
33 "A R942 little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,"
34 Then your poverty will come as a F354 robber
And your want like an F355 armed man.
F338: Lit hearts
F339: Lit in strength
F340: Lit strengthens power
F341: Lit make battle for yourself
F342: Or deviser of evil
F343: Lit bring back
F344: Lit latter end
F345: Lit it is evil in His eyes
F346: Lit latter end
F347: Or reverence
F348: Lit regard the face
F349: Or an honest
F350: Lit bring back
F351: Lit heart
F352: I.e. a kind of weed
F353: Lit set my heart
F354: Or a vagabond; lit one who walks
F355: Lit a man with a shield
R894: Psalms 37:1; Proverbs 3:31; 23:17; 24:19
R895: Psalms 1:1; Proverbs 1:15
R896: Isaiah 30:12; Jeremiah 22:17
R897: Job 1:15:35; Psalms 10:7; 38:12
R898: Proverbs 9:1; 14:1
R899: Proverbs 8:21
R900: Proverbs 21:22
R901: Proverbs 20:18
R902: Proverbs 11:14
R903: Psalms 10:5; Proverbs 14:6; 17:16
R904: Job 1:5:4; Psalms 127:5
R905: Proverbs 6:14; 14:22; Romans 1:30
R906: Matthew 15:19; Acts 8:22
R907: Deuteronomy 20:8; Job 1:4:5; Jeremiah 51:46; Hebrews 12:3
R908: Psalms 82:4; Isaiah 58:6,7
R909: Ecclesiastes 5:8
R910: 1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 21:2
R911: Psalms 94:9-11
R912: Psalms 121:3-8
R913: Job 1:34:11; Proverbs 12:14
R914: Psalms 19:10; 119:103; Proverbs 25:16; Song of Solomon 5:1
R915: Proverbs 16:24; 27:7; Song of Solomon 4:11
R916: Proverbs 2:10
R917: Proverbs 23:18
R918: Psalms 10:9,10
R919: Job 1:5:19; Psalms 37:24; Micah 7:8
R920: Proverbs 6:15; 14:32; 24:22; Jeremiah 18:17
R921: Job 1:31:29; Psalms 35:15,19; Proverbs 17:5; Obadiah 1:1:12
R922: Psalms 37:1
R923: Proverbs 23:17; 24:1
R924: Job 1:15:31
R925: Proverbs 23:18
R926: Job 1:18:5,6; 21:17; Proverbs 13:9; 20:20
R927: Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:17
R928: Proverbs 24:16
R929: Proverbs 1:6; 22:17
R930: Proverbs 18:5; 28:21
R931: Proverbs 17:15; Isaiah 5:23
R932: Proverbs 11:26
R933: Proverbs 28:23
R934: Proverbs 27:23-27
R935: Proverbs 25:18
R936: Leviticus 6:2,3; 19:11; Ephesians 4:25
R937: Proverbs 20:22; Matthew 5:39; Romans 12:17
R938: Proverbs 6:32
R939: Genesis 3:18
R940: Job 1:30:7
R941: Isaiah 5:5
R942: Proverbs 6:10