1Do not be #Ps. 1:1; 37:1; Prov. 23:17envious of evil men,
Nor desire to be with them;
2For their heart devises violence,
And their lips talk of troublemaking.
3Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
4By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
5#Prov. 21:22; Eccl. 9:16A wise man is strong,
Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;
6#Luke 14:31For by wise counsel you will wage your own war,
And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
7#Ps. 10:5; Prov. 14:6Wisdom is too lofty for a fool;
He does not open his mouth in the gate.
8He who #Prov. 6:14; 14:22; Rom. 1:30plots to do evil
Will be called a schemer.
9The devising of foolishness is sin,
And the scoffer is an abomination to men.
10If you #Deut. 20:8; Job 4:5; Jer. 51:46; Heb. 12:3faint in the day of adversity,
Your strength is small.
11#Ps. 82:4; Is. 58:6, 7; 1 John 3:16Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
12If you say, “Surely we did not know this,”
Does not #1 Sam. 16:7; Prov. 21:2He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man #Job 34:11; Ps. 62:12; Rev. 2:23; 22:12according to his deeds?
13My son, #Ps. 19:10; 119:103; Prov. 25:16; Song 5:1eat honey because it is good,
And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;
14#Ps. 19:10; 58:11; Prov. 23:18So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul;
If you have found it, there is a prospect,
And your hope will not be cut off.
15Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;
Do not plunder his resting place;
16#Job 5:19; (Ps. 34:19; 37:24; Mic. 7:8)For a righteous man may fall seven times
And rise again,
#Esth. 7:10; Amos 5:2But the wicked shall fall by calamity.
17#Job 31:29; Ps. 35:15, 19; (Prov. 17:5); Obad. 12Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
18Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him,
And He turn away His wrath from him.
19#Ps. 37:1Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the wicked;
20For there will be no prospect for the evil man;
The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
21My son, #(Rom. 13:7; 1 Pet. 2:17)fear the Lord and the king;
Do not associate with those given to change;
22For their calamity will rise suddenly,
And who knows the ruin those two can bring?
Further Sayings of the Wise
23These things also belong to the wise:
#Lev. 19:15; Deut. 1:17; 16:19; (John 7:24)It is not good to show partiality in judgment.
24#Prov. 17:15; Is. 5:23He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
Him the people will curse;
Nations will abhor him.
25But those who rebuke the wicked will have #Prov. 28:23delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
26He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.
27#1 Kin. 5:17; Prov. 27:23–27Prepare your outside work,
Make it fit for yourself in the field;
And afterward build your house.
28#Lev. 6:2, 3; 19:11; Eph. 4:25Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,
For would you deceive with your lips?
29#(Prov. 20:22; Matt. 5:39–44; Rom. 12:17–19)Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me;
I will render to the man according to his work.”
30I went by the field of the lazy man,
And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;
31And there it was, #Gen. 3:18all overgrown with thorns;
Its surface was covered with nettles;
Its stone wall was broken down.
32When I saw it, I considered it well;
I looked on it and received instruction:
33#Prov. 6:9, 10A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest;
34#Prov. 6:9–11So shall your poverty come like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.