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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 24

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1 Be not thou enuious against euill men, neither desire to be with them.

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2 For their heart imagineth destruction, and their lippes speake mischiefe.

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3 Through wisdome is an house builded, and with vnderstanding it is established.

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4 And by knowledge shall the chambers bee filled with all precious, and pleasant riches.

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5 A wise man is strong: for a man of vnderstanding encreaseth his strength.

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6 For with counsel thou shalt enterprise thy warre, and in the multitude of them that can giue counsell, is health.

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7 Wisdome is hie to a foole: therefore he can not open his mouth in the gate.

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8 Hee that imagineth to doe euill, men shall call him an autour of wickednes.

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9 The wicked thought of a foole is sinne, and the scorner is an abomination vnto men.

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10 If thou bee faint in the day of aduersitie, thy strength is small.

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11 Deliuer them that are drawen to death: wilt thou not preserue them that are led to be slaine?

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12 If thou say, Beholde, we knew not of it: he that pondereth the heartes, doeth not hee vnderstand it? and hee that keepeth thy soule, knoweth he it not? will not he also recompense euery man according to his workes?

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13 My sonne, eate hony, for it is good, and the hony combe, for it is sweete vnto thy mouth.

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14 So shall the knowledge of wisdome be vnto thy soule, if thou finde it, and there shall be an ende, and thine hope shall not be cut off.

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15 Laye no waite, O wicked man, against the house of the righteous, and spoyle not his resting place.

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16 For a iust man falleth seuen times, and riseth againe: but the wicked fall into mischiefe.

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17 Bee thou not glad when thine enemie falleth, and let not thine heart reioyce when hee stumbleth,

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18 Least the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turne his wrath from him.

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19 Fret not thy selfe because of the malicious, neither be enuious at the wicked.

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20 For there shall bee none ende of plagues to the euill man: the light of the wicked shall bee put out.

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21 My sonne feare the Lord, and the King, and meddle not with them that are sedicious.

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22 For their destruction shall rise suddenly, and who knoweth the ruine of them both?

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23 ALSO THESE THINGS PERTEINE TO THE WISE, It is not good to haue respect of any person in iudgement.

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24 He that saith to the wicked, Thou art righteous, him shall the people curse, and the multitude shall abhorre him.

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25 But to them that rebuke him, shall be pleasure, and vpon them shall come the blessing of goodnesse.

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26 They shall kisse the lippes of him that answereth vpright wordes.

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27 Prepare thy worke without, and make readie thy thinges in the fielde, and after, builde thine house.

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28 Be not a witnes against thy neighbour without cause: for wilt thou deceiue with thy lippes?

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29 Say not, I wil doe to him, as he hath done to mee, I will recompence euery man according to his worke.

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30 I passed by the fielde of the slouthfull, and by the vineyarde of the man destitute of vnderstanding.

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31 And lo, it was al growen ouer with thornes, and nettles had couered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken downe.

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32 Then I behelde, and I considered it well: I looked vpon it, and receiued instruction.

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33 Yet a litle sleepe, a litle slumber, a litle folding of the handes to sleepe.

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34 So thy pouertie commeth as one that traueileth by the way, and thy necessitie like an armed man.

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