Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 24:1 Seek not to be like evil men, neither desire to be with them: Proverbs 24:2 Because their mind studieth robberies, and their lips speak deceits. Proverbs 24:3 By wisdom the house shall be built, and by prudence it shall be strengthened. Proverbs 24:4 By instruction the storerooms shall be filled with all precious and most beautiful wealth. Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is strong: and a knowing man, stout and valiant. Proverbs 24:6 Because war is managed by due ordering: and there shall be safety where there are many counsels. Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he shall not open his mouth. Proverbs 24:8 He that deviseth to do evils, shall be called a fool. Proverbs 24:9 The thought of a fool is sin: and the detractor is the abomination of men. Proverbs 24:10 If thou lose hope, being weary in the day of distress, thy strength shall be diminished. Proverbs 24:11 Deliver them that are led to death: and those that are drawn to death, forbear not to deliver. Proverbs 24:12 If thou say: I have not strength enough: he that seeth into the heart, he understandeth, and nothing deceiveth the keeper of thy soul, and he shall render to a man according to his works. Proverbs 24:13 Eat honey, my son, because it is good, and the honeycomb most sweet to thy throat. Proverbs 24:14 So also is the doctrine of wisdom to thy soul: which when thou hast found, thou shalt have hope in the end, and thy hope shall not perish. Proverbs 24:15 Lie not in wait, nor seek after wickedness in the house of the just, nor spoil his rest. Proverbs 24:16 For a just man shall fall seven times, and shall rise again: but the wicked shall fall down into evil. Proverbs 24:17 When thy enemy shall fall, be not glad, and in his ruin let not thy heart rejoice: Proverbs 24:18 Lest the Lord see, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. Proverbs 24:19 Contend not with the wicked, nor seek to be like the ungodly. Proverbs 24:20 For evil men have no hope of things to come, and the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear the Lord, and the king: and have nothing to do with detractors. Proverbs 24:22 For their destruction shall rise suddenly: and who knoweth the ruin of both? Proverbs 24:23 These things also to the wise: It is not good to have respect to persons in judgment. Proverbs 24:24 They that say to the wicked man: Thou art just: shall be cursed by the people, and the tribes shall abhor them. Proverbs 24:25 They that rebuke him shall be praised: and a blessing shall come upon them. Proverbs 24:26 He shall kiss the lips, who answereth right words. Proverbs 24:27 Prepare thy work without, and diligently till thy ground: that afterward thou mayst build thy house. Proverbs 24:28 Be not witness without cause against thy neighbour: and deceive not any man with thy lips. Proverbs 24:29 Say not: I will do to him as he hath done to me: I will render to every one according to his work. Proverbs 24:30 I passed by the field of the slothful man, and by the vineyard of the foolish man: Proverbs 24:31 And behold it was all filled with nettles, and thorns had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall was broken down. Proverbs 24:32 Which when I had seen, I laid it up in my heart, and by the example I received instruction. Proverbs 24:33 Thou wilt sleep a little, said I, thou wilt slumber a little, thou wilt fold thy hands a little to rest. Proverbs 24:34 And poverty shall come to thee as a runner, and beggary as an armed man.