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Ward Green Version, 2004 American Standard Version, 1901
© 2008 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
Proverbs 24
1Do not you their evil be envying men
1Nor to be among them desire hanker yen
2For he who is pondering violent ways
2Comes surely to grief at the end of his days

3O wisdom is building its house by its art
3And feminine skill will make right every part
4By wisdom is furnished of wealth everything
4To innermost chambers sweet honour to bring

5So one wise in strength will have wisdom of heart
5And knowledge the strength of the wiser one's art
6The cause of good counsel makes firm every fight
6And careful reflection will salvage great might

7Do not to a silly man wisdom uphold
7A gateway he opens his mouth wide not bold
8The one who plots evil will spoil one in charge
8As one who plots mischief is known in the large

9A cause that is mischievous foolishness crime
9And something disgusting to men is a mime
10Distress in the time when you show yourself slack
10Then your vital power and wealth tend to lack

11Deliver those taken and rescue from death
11To those who are heading for slaughter give breath
12The one who is weighing the heart takes it in
12He pays good for good and denies your soul's sin

13My son do eat honey for it's a good thing
13The dripping of honeycomb sweetness will bring
14To rightness of knowledge to wisdom of breath
14And hope of the future renewal not death

15Lie you not in wait at the righteous one's place
15Where one comes to rest may you life not efface
16For seven times stumbling the righteous stands tall
16And wicked ones end in calamities all

17But do not rejoice at your enemy's plight
17And at his distress may your eye not be bright
18Jehovah may see it and not be amused
18And so may his wrath on your foe be defused

19And neither bring anger for bad men to glow
19Nor jealous-like envy of wicked ones know
20Because of their hurt will the bad do without
20The lamp of ungodly men shall be put out

21My son fear Jehovah and fear thou the king
21With those who would alter do not share a thing
22For their final cause surely hastens to rise
22And to their destruction now who may be wise

23For wise is the saying we have from of old
23That one should not question a verdict we're told
24One says to the wicked: ``I think you are right!''
24While cursing him whole nations rise up to fight

25And those who rebuke him incline to agree
25Shall good and prosperity fine blessings see
26As one who is kissed on the lips in God's sight
26Is one who is giving of truth and of right

27By outward endeavour your country make fit
27So later a house you may build upon it
28Speak not without cause to a neighbour's demise
28Nay-- nor with your lips a deception devise

29Say not: ``I will give to each as they have done!''
29``I'll render the same as they did every one.''
30For I passed by the field of the indolent man
30The witless one's vineyard-- right past it I ran!

31With thorns it was covered with weeds overgrown
31The stone wall around it had been overthrown
32I saw in my mind and its warning I took
32As precious instruction received from a book

33In slumbering sleeping in taking one's rest
33In folding one's hands to be pressed to one's chest
34One's poverty comes by a thief unalarmed
34One's want comes indeed by a man who is armed
© 2008 Ward Green. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 24 1
Be not thou envious against evil men; Neither desire to be with them:
Proverbs 24 2
For their heart studieth oppression, And their lips talk of mischief.
Proverbs 24 3
Through wisdom is a house builded; And by understanding it is established;
Proverbs 24 4
And by knowledge are the chambers filled With all precious and pleasant riches.
Proverbs 24 5
A wise man is strong; Yea, a man of knowledge increaseth might
Proverbs 24 6
For by wise guidance thou shalt make thy war; And in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Proverbs 24 7
Wisdom is too high for a fool: He openeth not his mouth in the gate.
Proverbs 24 8
He that deviseth to do evil, Men shall call him a mischief-maker.
Proverbs 24 9
The thought of foolishness is sin; And the scoffer is an abomination to men.
Proverbs 24 10
If thou faint in the day of adversity, Thy strength is small.
Proverbs 24 11
Deliver them that are carried away unto death, And those that are ready to be slain see that thou hold back.
Proverbs 24 12
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew not this; Doth not he that weigheth the hearts consider it? And he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his work?
Proverbs 24 13
My son, eat thou honey, for it is good; And the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to thy taste:
Proverbs 24 14
So shalt thou know wisdom to be unto thy soul; If thou hast found it, then shall there be a reward, And thy hope shall not be cut off.
Proverbs 24 15
Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous; Destroy not his resting-place:
Proverbs 24 16
For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again; But the wicked are overthrown by calamity.
Proverbs 24 17
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, And let not thy heart be glad when he is overthrown;
Proverbs 24 18
Lest Jehovah see it, and it displease him, And he turn away his wrath from him.
Proverbs 24 19
Fret not thyself because of evil-doers; Neither be thou envious at the wicked:
Proverbs 24 20
For there shall be no reward to the evil man; The lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
Proverbs 24 21
My son, fear thou Jehovah and the king; [And] company not with them that are given to change:
Proverbs 24 22
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; And the destruction from them both, who knoweth it?
Proverbs 24 23
These also are [sayings] of the wise. To have respect of persons in judgment is not good.
Proverbs 24 24
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; Peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him:
Proverbs 24 25
But to them that rebuke [him] shall be delight, And a good blessing shall come upon them.
Proverbs 24 26
He kisseth the lips Who giveth a right answer.
Proverbs 24 27
Prepare thy work without, And make it ready for thee in the field; And afterwards build thy house.
Proverbs 24 28
Be not a witness against thy neighbor without cause; And deceive not with thy lips.
Proverbs 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.
Proverbs 24 30
I went by the field of the sluggard, And by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
Proverbs 24 31
And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, The face thereof was covered with nettles, And the stone wall thereof was broken down.
Proverbs 24 32
Then I beheld, and considered well; I saw, and received instruction:
Proverbs 24 33
[Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep;
Proverbs 24 34
So shall thy poverty come as a robber, And thy want as an armed man.
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