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1Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company;
2for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.
3By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
4through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
5A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength;
6for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.
7Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.
8He who plots evil will be known as a schemer.
9The schemes of folly are sin, and men detest a mocker.
10If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!
11Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?
13Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
15Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against a righteous man's house, do not raid his dwelling place;
16for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.
17Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,
18or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him.
19Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked,
20for the evil man has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
21Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious,
22for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?
23These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:
24Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"--peoples will curse him and nations denounce him.
25But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.
26An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
27Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
28Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, or use your lips to deceive.
29Do not say, "I'll do to him as he has done to me; I'll pay that man back for what he did."
30I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
31thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
32I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--
34and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

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