The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 3:27–35

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27  Withhold not good from him to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thy hand to do it.

27  Forbear not to do good to the poor, whensoever thy hand may have power to help him.

27  Do not prevent him who is able from doing good. When you are able, do good yourself too.

28  Say not unto thy neighbour: 'Go, and come again, and to-morrow I will give'; when thou hast it by thee.

28  Say not, Come back another time, to-morrow I will give; while thou art able to do him good: for thou knowest not what the next day will bring forth.

28  Do not say to your friend: “Go away, and then return. Tomorrow I will give to you.” When you are able to do so, give in the present.

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29  Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

29  Do not undertake evil against your friend, even though he has trust in you.

29  Do not devise evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells in peace beside you.

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30  Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

30  Be not ready to quarrel with a man without a cause, lest he do thee some harm.

30  Do not contend against a man without cause, even though he has done no evil to you.

31  Envy thou not the man of violence, and choose none of his ways.

31  Procure not the reproaches of bad men, neither do thou covet their ways.

31  Do not rival an unjust man, and do not imitate his ways.

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32  For the perverse is an abomination to YHWH; but His counsel is with the upright.

32  For every transgressor is unclean before the Lord; neither does he sit among the righteous.

32  For everyone who ridicules is an abomination to the Lord, and his communication is for the simple.

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33  The curse of YHWH is in the house of the wicked; but He blesseth the habitation of the righteous.

33  Destitution in the house of the impious is from the Lord. But the habitations of the just shall be blessed.

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34  If it concerneth the scorners, He scorneth them, but unto the humble He giveth grace.

34  The Lord resists the proud; but he gives grace to the humble.

34  He will ridicule those who ridicule, but he will bestow grace upon the mild.

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35  The wise shall inherit honour; but as for the fools, they carry away shame.

35  The wise will possess glory. The exaltation of the foolish is disgraceful.

35  Wise men shall inherit glory; but fools shall receive disgrace.