More Sayings of the Wise

Proverbs 24

23 These things also belong to the wise:
q It is not good to 1 show partiality in judgment.
24 r He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous,"
Him the people will curse;
Nations will abhor him.
25 But those who rebuke the wicked will have s delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
26 He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.

27 t Prepare your outside work,
Make it fit for yourself in the field;
And afterward build your house.

28 u Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,
2 For would you deceive with your lips?
29 v Do not say, "I will do to him just as he has done to me;
I will render to the man according to his work."

30 I went by the field of the lazy man,
And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;
31 And there it was, w all overgrown with thorns;
Its surface was covered with nettles;
Its stone wall was broken down.
32 When I saw it, I considered it well;
I looked on it and received instruction:
33 x A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest;
34 y So shall your poverty come like 3 a prowler,
And your need like 4 an armed man.

  1. Cross References
    Leviticus 19:15
    You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor.
    Deuteronomy 1:17
    'You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man's presence, for the judgment is God's. The case that is too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it.'
    Deuteronomy 16:19
    You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.
    John 7:24
    "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 17:15
    He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
    Isaiah 5:23
    Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!
  3. Cross References
    Proverbs 28:23
    He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward Than he who flatters with the tongue.
  4. Cross References
    1 Kings 5:17
    And the king commanded them to quarry large stones, costly stones, and hewn stones, to lay the foundation of the temple.
    Proverbs 27:23 - 27
    Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, And attend to your herds.
  5. Cross References
    Leviticus 6:2
    If a person sins and commits a trespass against the LORD by lying to his neighbor about what was delivered to him for safekeeping, or about a pledge, or about a robbery, or if he has extorted from his neighbor.
    Leviticus 6:3
    Or if he has found what was lost and lies concerning it, and swears falsely - in any one of these things that a man may do in which he sins:
    Leviticus 19:11
    You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.
    Ephesians 4:25
    Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 20:22
    Do not say, "I will recompense evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
    Matthew 5:39 - 44
    But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
    Romans 12:17 - 19
    Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 3:18
    Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.
  8. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:9
    How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?
    Proverbs 6:10
    A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep -
  9. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:9 - 11
    How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?
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