1 Be not thou jealous over wicked men, and desire not thou to be among them.
1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
1 Don't be envious of wicked men or wish you were with them,
2 For their heart imagineth to do hurt, and their lips talk of mischief.
2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
2 because they plan violence, and they are always talking about trouble.
3 Through wisdom a house shall be builded, and with understanding it shall be set up.
3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
3 By wisdom a house is built; it is made secure through understanding.
4 Through discretion shall the chambers be filled with all costly and pleasant riches.
4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
4 by knowledge the rooms are filledwith every precious and beautiful treasure.
4 By knowledge its rooms are furnished with all sorts of expensive and beautiful goods.
5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of understanding is better than he that is mighty of strength.
5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
5 A wise man is strong, and a knowledgeable man grows in strength.
6 For with discretion must wars be taken in hand, and whereas are many that can give counsel, there is the victory.
6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellers there is safety.
6 For through wise counsel you will wage your war, and victory lies in an abundance of advisors.
7 Wisdom is a high thing; yea, even to the fool, for he dare not open his mouth in the gate.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
7 Wisdom lies beyond reach of the fool; he has nothing to say in court.
8 He that imagineth mischief, may well be called an ungracious person.
8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
8 The person who plans on doing evil will be called a schemer.
9 The thought of the foolish is sin, and the scornful is an abomination unto men.
9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
9 A foolish scheme is sin,and a mocker is detestable to people.
9 To devise folly is sin, and people detest a scoffer.
10 If thou be overseen and negligent in time of need, then is thy strength but small.
10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
10 If you do nothing in a difficult time,your strength is limited.
10 If you grow weary when times are troubled, your strength is limited.
11 Deliver them that go unto death, and are led away to be slain, and be not negligent therein.
11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
11 Rescue those who are being led away to death, and save those who stumble toward slaughter.
12 If thou wilt say, "I knew not of it"; Thinkest thou that he which made the hearts, doth not consider it? And that he which regardeth thy soul, seeth it not? Shall not he recompense every man according to his works?
12 If you say, “See, we did not know this,”Does He not (P)consider it (Q)who weighs the hearts?And (R)does He not know it who (S)keeps your soul?And will He not (f)(T)render to man according to his work?
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?
12 If you say, "Look here, we didn't know about this," doesn't God, who examines motives, discern it? Doesn't the one who guards your soul know about it? Won't he repay each person according to what he has done?
13 My son, thou eatest honey and the sweet honeycomb, because it is good and sweet in thy mouth.
13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
13 My son, eat honey, because it's good for you; indeed, drippings from the honeycomb are sweet to your taste;
14 Even so shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul, as soon as thou hast gotten it. And there is good hope; yea, thy hope shall not be in vain.
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.
14 Keep in mind that wisdom is like that for your soul; if you find it, there will be a future for you, and what you hope for won't be cut short.
15 Lay no privy wait wickedly upon the house of the righteous, and disquiet not his resting place.
15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
15 Don't lie in wait like an outlaw to attack where the righteous live;
16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again; but the ungodly fall into wickedness.
16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
16 for though a righteous man falls seven times, he will rise again, but the wicked stumble into calamity.
17 Rejoice not thou at the fall of thine enemy; and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.
17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
17 Don't rejoice when your enemy falls; don't let yourself be glad when he stumbles.
18 Lest the LORD, when he seeth it, be angry and turn his wrath from him unto thee.
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
18 or the Lord will see, be displeased,and turn His wrath away from him.
18 Otherwise the LORD will observe and disapprove, and he will turn his anger away from him.
19 Let not thy wrath and jealousy move thee, to follow the wicked and ungodly.
19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
19 Don't be anxious about those who practice evil, and don't be envious of the wicked.
20 And why? The wicked hath nothing to hope for, and the candle of the ungodly shall be put out.
20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
20 For the wicked man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.
21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king, and keep no company with them that slide back from his fear:
21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
21 My son, fear both the LORD and the king, and don't keep company with rebels.
22 For their destruction shall come suddenly, and who knoweth the fall of them both?
22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
22 for destruction from them will come suddenly;who knows what distress these two can bring?
22 They will be destroyed suddenly, and who knows what kind of punishment will come from these two?
23 These are also the sayings of the wise. It is not good to have respect of any person in judgment.
23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
23 Here are some more proverbs from wise people: It isn't good to show partiality in judgment.
24 He that sayeth unto the ungodly, "Thou art righteous," him shall the people curse; yea, the commonality shall abhor him.
24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
24 Whoever says to the wicked, "You're in the right," will be cursed by people and hated by nations.
25 But they that rebuke the ungodly shall be commended, and a rich blessing shall come upon them.
25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
25 but it will go well with those who convict the guilty,and a generous blessing will come to them.
25 But as for people who rebuke the wicked; a good blessing will fall upon them.
26 He maketh himself to be well loved, that giveth a good answer.
26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.
26 He who gives an honest answergives a kiss on the lips.
26 A kiss on the lips that's what someone who gives an honest answer deserves.
27 First, make up thy work that is without, and look well unto that which thou hast in the field, and then build thine house.
27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
27 First do your outside work, preparing your land for yourself. After that, build your house.
28 Be no false witness against thy neighbour, and hurt him not with thy lips.
28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.
28 Don't testify against your neighbor without a cause, and don't lie when you speak.
29 Say not, "I will handle him, even as he hath dealt with me, and will reward every man according to his deeds."
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.
29 Don't say, "I'll do to him like he did to me, I'll be sure to pay him back for what he did."
30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyards of the foolish man.
30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
30 I went by the field of a slackerand by the vineyard of a man lacking sense.
30 I went by the field belonging to a lazy man, by a vineyard belonging to a senseless person.
31 And lo, it was all covered with nettles, and stood full of thistles, and the stone wall was broken down.
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.
31 There it was, overgrown with thistles, the ground covered with thorns, its stone wall collapsed.
32 This I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and took it for a warning.
32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
32 I saw, and took it to heart;I looked, and received instruction:
32 As I observed, I thought about it; I watched, and learned a lesson:
33 Yea, sleep on still a little, slumber a little, fold thine hands together yet a little;
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
33 a little sleep, a little slumber,a little folding of the arms to rest,
33 "A little sleep! A little slumber! A little folding of my hands to rest!"
34 so shall poverty come unto thee as one that travaileth by the way, and necessity like a weaponed man.
34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
34 Then your poverty will come upon you like a robber, your need like an armed bandit.
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