The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 24:23–34

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23  These also are sayings of the wise. To have respect of persons in judgment is not good.

23  And this thing I say to you that are wise for you to learn: It is not good to have respect of persons in judgement.

23  These things I say to the wise: It is not good to show partiality in judgment,

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24  He that saith unto the wicked: 'Thou art righteous', peoples shall curse him, nations shall execrate him;

24  Those who say to the impious, “You are just,” shall be cursed by the people, and the tribes shall detest them.

24  Nor to say to a wicked man, You are righteous; him shall the people curse, and nations shall abhor him.

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25  But to them that decide justly shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.

25  But they that reprove him shall appear more excellent, and blessing shall come upon them;

25  Those who argue against the impious shall be praised, and a blessing shall come upon them.

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26  He kisseth the lips that giveth a right answer.

26  and men will kiss lips that answer well.

26  The people shall kiss the lips of those who give admonition.

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27  Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thy house.

27  Prepare your outdoor work, and diligently cultivate your field, so that afterward, you may build your house.

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28  Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.

28  Be not a false witness against thy fellow citizen, neither exaggerate with thy lips.

28  Do not be a witness without cause against your neighbor. And do not mislead anyone with your lips.

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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  Say not, As he has treated me, so will I treat him, and I will avenge myself on him for that wherein he has injured me.

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30  I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

30  A foolish man is like a farm, and a senseless man is like a vineyard.

30  I passed by the field of a lazy man, and by the vineyard of a foolish man,

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31  And, lo, it was all grown over with thistles, the face thereof was covered with nettles, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

31  If thou let him alone, he will altogether remain barren and covered with weeds; and he becomes destitute, and his stone walls are broken down.

31  and behold, it was entirely filled with nettles, and thorns had covered its surface, and the stonewall was destroyed.

32  Then I beheld, and considered well; I saw, and received instruction.

32  Afterwards I reflected, I looked that I might receive instruction.

32  When I had seen this, I laid it up in my heart, and by this example, I received discipline.

33  'Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep'--

33  The sluggard says, I slumber a little, and I sleep a little, and for a little while I fold my arms across my breast.

33  You will sleep a little,” I said. “You will slumber briefly. You will fold your hands a little, so as to rest.

34  So shall thy poverty come as a runner, and thy want as an armed man.

34  But if thou do this, thy poverty will come speedily; and thy want like a swift courier.

34  And destitution will overtake you like a runner, and begging will overtake you like an armed man.”