1Don’t envy evil men # Ps 37:1; Pr 23:17; 24:19
or desire to be with them, # Ps 1:1; Pr 1:15
2for their hearts plan violence,
and their words stir up trouble. # Ps 10:7
3A house is built by wisdom, # Pr 14:1
and it is established by understanding;
4by knowledge the rooms are filled
with every precious and beautiful treasure.
5A wise warrior is better than a strong one, # LXX, Syr; MT reads one is in strength
and a man of knowledge than one of strength; # LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads knowledge exerts strength # Pr 21:22
6for you should wage war with sound guidance —
victory comes with many counselors. # Pr 11:14; 15:22; 20:18
7Wisdom is inaccessible to # Lit is too high for a fool; # Pr 14:6; 17:16,24
he does not open his mouth at the gate. # Jb 5:4; Ps 127:5
8The one who plots evil # Rm 1:30
will be called a schemer.
9A foolish scheme is sin,
and a mocker is detestable to people.
10If you do nothing in a difficult time,
your strength is limited.
11Rescue those being taken off to death,
and save those stumbling toward slaughter. # Ps 82:4; Is 58:6-7
12If you say, “But we didn’t know about this,”
won’t He who weighs hearts # 1Sm 16:7; Ps 44:21; Pr 21:2 consider it?
Won’t He who protects your life # Ps 121:3-8 know?
Won’t He repay a person according to his work? # Jb 34:11; Ps 62:12
13Eat honey, # Pr 25:16 my son, for it is good,
and the honeycomb is sweet to your palate; # Sg 5:1
14realize that wisdom is the same for you. # Ps 19:10; 119:103
If you find it, you will have a future,
and your hope will never fade. # Pr 10:28; 23:18; Jr 29:11
15Wicked man, don’t set an ambush,
at the camp of the righteous man; # Pr 10:9-10
don’t destroy his dwelling.
16Though a righteous man falls seven times,
he will get up, # Jb 5:19; Ps 37:24
but the wicked will stumble into ruin. # Pr 14:32; 29:16
17Don’t gloat when your enemy falls,
and don’t let your heart rejoice when he stumbles, # Ps 35:15,19; Pr 17:5; Ob 12; Mc 7:8
18or the Lord will see, be displeased,
and turn His wrath away from him.
19Don’t be agitated by evildoers,
and don’t envy the wicked. # Ps 37:1; Pr 23:17; 24:1
20For the evil have no future; # Ps 37:38; Pr 14:11; 16:25
the lamp of the wicked will be put out. # Jb 18:5; 21:17; Pr 13:9; 20:20
21My son, fear the Lord, as well as the king, # Mt 22:21; Rm 13:1-7; 1Pt 2:13-14,17
and don’t associate with rebels, # Or those given to change
22for destruction from them will come suddenly;
who knows what distress these two can bring?
23These sayings also belong to the wise: # Pr 1:6; 22:17
It is not good to show partiality in judgment. # Dt 1:17; 16:19; Pr 18:5; 28:21
24Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent” # Pr 17:15
people will curse him, # Pr 11:26 and tribes will denounce him;
25but it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
and a generous blessing will come to them.
26He who gives an honest answer
gives a kiss on the lips.
27Complete your outdoor work, and prepare your field; # Pr 20:4
afterward, build your house.
28Don’t testify against your neighbor without cause. # Ex 20:16; Pr 25:18
Don’t deceive with your lips.
29Don’t say, “I’ll do to him what he did to me;
I’ll repay the man for what he has done.” # Dt 32:35; Pr 20:22; Mt 5:39; Rm 12:17,19
30I went by the field of a slacker
and by the vineyard of a man lacking sense.
31Thistles had come up everywhere,
weeds covered the ground, # Gn 3:18; Pr 20:4
and the stone wall was ruined.
32I saw, and took it to heart;
I looked, and received instruction:
33a little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the arms to rest,
34and your poverty will come like a robber,
your need, like a bandit. # Pr 6:10-11; 20:13