1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
3 Through wisdom is an house built; and by understanding it is established:
4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong; and a man of knowledge increaseth strength. is strong: Heb. is in strength increaseth…: Heb. strengtheneth might
6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
10 If thou faintest in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. small: Heb. narrow
11 If thou refraineth to deliver them that are drawn to death, and those that are ready to be slain;
12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that weigheth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: to…: Heb. upon thy palate
14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; destroy not his resting place:
16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
17 Rejoice not when thy enemy falleth, and let not thy heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. it displease…: Heb. it be evil in his eyes
19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; Fret…: or, Keep not company with the wicked
20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. candle: or, lamp
21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: them…: Heb. changers
22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
24 He that saith to the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them. a good…: Heb. a blessing of good
26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer. that…: Heb. that answereth right words
27 Prepare thy work outside, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thy house.
28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.
29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face of it, and its stone wall was broken down.
32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. considered…: Heb. set my heart
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man. an…: Heb. a man of shield