The Holy Bible, King James Version Revised

The Proverbs


Be not thou envious of evil men, neither desire to be with them.
. .2 For their heart deviseth violence, and their lips talk of mischief.
. .3 Through wisdom is an house builded; 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; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
. .6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is victory.
. .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 seeker of mischief.
. .9 The devising of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
. .10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
. .11 ' Deliver them that are led away unto death, and save those that are stumbling to the slaughter.
. .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?
. .13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
. .14 ' Know thou that wisdom is such unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a future, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
. .15 Lay not in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
. .16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall be brought down by calamity.
. .17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
. .18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
. .19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious of the wicked:
. .20 For there shall be no future for the evil man; the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
. .21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and mingle not with them that are given to change:
. .22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
. .23 These ' also are sayings of the wise. It is not good to shew partiality in judgment.
. .24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
. .25 But to them that rebuke the wicked shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
. .26 ' He that giveth a right answer is like a kiss with the lips.
. .27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine 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 thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
. .32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
. .33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest:
. .34 So shall thy poverty come as a robber; and thy want as an armed man.


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