24:1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
24:1 Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them;

24:2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
24:2 For their heart devises violence, And their lips talk of troublemaking.

24:3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
24:3 Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;

24:4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
24:4 By knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.

24:5 A wise man [is] strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
24:5 A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;

24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.
24:6 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.

24:7 Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
24:7 Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; He does not open his mouth in the gate.

24:8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
24:8 He who plots to do evil Will be called a schemer.

24:9 The thought of foolishness [is] sin: and the scorner [is] an abomination to men.
24:9 The devising of foolishness is sin, And the scoffer is an abomination to men.

24:10 [If] thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.
24:10 If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.

24:11 If thou forbear to deliver [them that are] drawn unto death, and [those that are] ready to be slain;
24:11 Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.

24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth 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?
24:12 If you say, "Surely we did not know this," Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?

24:13 My son, eat thou honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste:
24:13 My son, eat honey because it is good, And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;

24:14 So [shall] the knowledge of wisdom [be] unto thy soul: when thou hast found [it], then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
24:14 So 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.

24:15 Lay not wait, O wicked [man], against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
24:15 Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not plunder his resting place;

24:16 For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
24:16 For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.

24:17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
24:17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

24:18 Lest the LORD see [it], and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
24:18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him.

24:19 Fret not thyself because of evil [men], neither be thou envious at the wicked;
24:19 Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the wicked;

24:20 For there shall be no reward to the evil [man]; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
24:20 For there will be no prospect for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.

24:21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: [and] meddle not with them that are given to change:
24:21 My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those given to change;

24:22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
24:22 For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin those two can bring?

24:23 These [things] also [belong] to the wise. [It is] not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
24:23 These things also belong to the wise: It is not good to show partiality in judgment.

24:24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou [art] righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
24:24 He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Him the people will curse; Nations will abhor him.

24:25 But to them that rebuke [him] shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
24:25 But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, And a good blessing will come upon them.

24:26 [Every man] shall kiss [his] lips that giveth a right answer.
24:26 He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.

24:27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
24:27 Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.

24:28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive [not] with thy lips.
24:28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, For would you deceive with your lips?

24:29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
24:29 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."

24:30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
24:30 I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;

24:31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, [and] nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
24:31 And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down.

24:32 Then I saw, [and] considered [it] well: I looked upon [it, and] received instruction.
24:32 When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction:

24:33 [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
24:33 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest;

24:34 So shall thy poverty come [as] one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
24:34 So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.