Proverbs 24: Wise Sayings

What do evil people have that righteous people sometimes want? What do they have that we should never want?

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Proverbs 24:1–2 Don’t envy what evil people have, desiring to be with them, for they are schemers who stir up violence with their troublesome talk.
Proverbs 24:19 Never covet what evil people have. Don’t feel threatened by what they might do to you.
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Proverbs 24:1–2 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
Proverbs 24:19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;

With so much that we don’t know, how can we be sure of what we know?

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Proverbs 24:3–5 Wisdom builds its house on a strong foundation of knowledge. By knowledge, all its rooms are furnished with beauty and luxury.
Wise people gain strength through the knowledge they possess.
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Proverbs 24:3–5 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

How can we rightly judge whether we should fight or flee?

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Proverbs 24:6 Only with expert guidance and careful planning will people wage war. Victory comes through a wealth of good advice.
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Proverbs 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Why do foolish people often talk too much?

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Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom is more than what fools can comprehend. They have nothing to add to a worthwhile discussion.
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Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

How can a bad reputation be overcome?

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Proverbs 24:8 Evil schemers soon earn a reputation for causing trouble.
King James
Proverbs 24:8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

How should we feel about people who make a mockery of the truth?

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Proverbs 24:9 The devious plans of foolish people are sinful.
Those who make a mockery of the truth are disgusting.
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Proverbs 24:9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

When the going gets really tough, how can we know whether to press on or give up?

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Proverbs 24:10 If you give up when the going gets tough, your lack of strength becomes obvious.
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Proverbs 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

If people have chosen a road to destruction, how can we save them from certain death?

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Proverbs 24:11–12 Rescue those who are on the road to destruction. Save them from certain death.
If you say, “Look, we didn’t know any better,” don’t you know that God knows the truth hidden in your hearts? He who watches over you knows everything about you. God will reward everyone according to what they have done.
King James
Proverbs 24:11–12 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

In what ways is wisdom like honey? How might it not be so sweet?

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Proverbs 24:13–14 My children, the sweetness of the honeycomb makes it tasty and good to eat. Treat wisdom like honey, for it is good for you. Great rewards will follow, and your hopes will be fulfilled.
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Proverbs 24:13–14 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

Why do righteous people need to be warned not to do wrong?

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Proverbs 24:15 Don’t be the wicked person on the prowl, looking to plunder the homes of the righteous.
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Proverbs 24:15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:

Why do the righteous keep getting up after they fall?

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Proverbs 24:16 The righteous may stumble seven times, but they will always get back up. The wicked fall as soon as calamity strikes.
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Proverbs 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

What is wrong with rejoicing over the fall of the wicked?

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Proverbs 24:17–18 Don’t rejoice when your enemies stumble or fall, or the Lord will see your reaction and won’t punish them.
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Proverbs 24:17–18 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

If evildoers seem to prosper year after year, how can we say they have no hope for the future?

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Proverbs 24:20 Evildoers have no hope for the future, for the flame of their lamps will be snuffed out.
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Proverbs 24:20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

Why do people often give more respect to peers, celebrities, and leaders than they give to God?

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Proverbs 24:21–22 My child, respect the Lord and his rulers. Avoid those who oppose his authority, for calamity will fall upon them suddenly. No one knows when their destruction will come.
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Proverbs 24:21–22 My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

How can we assure that our judgments are “fair and balanced”?

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Proverbs 24:23–25 Here are more wise sayings:
Your judgments should be fair and balanced, considering all the facts and people involved.
People everywhere hate judges who will say the guilty are innocent.
If you rebuke wrongdoing and convict the guilty, you will be blessed.
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Proverbs 24:23–25 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him: But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.

How are honest answers like an affectionate kiss? What would dishonest answers be like?

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Proverbs 24:26 Honest answers are like an affectionate kiss.
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Proverbs 24:26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

How important is prioritizing our work? Why is the “field” more important than the “house”?

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Proverbs 24:27 First, finish your work in the field, and then spend time building your house.
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Proverbs 24:27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

Is even the slightest degree of deception permissible under certain situations? Why?

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Proverbs 24:28–29 Never give false testimony against your neighbor. Let no form of deception leave your lips.
Don’t say, “I’ll get even. I’ll do to them what they did to me.”
King James
Proverbs 24:28–29 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

What is wrong with taking long lunches and extended breaks?

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Proverbs 24:30–34 I walked past a lazy fool’s vineyard. The field was overgrown with weeds and thistles, and the stone wall was broken down. As I pondered what I was seeing, I learned an important lesson. Sleep a little. Nod off for a while. With folded arms, kick back and relax. Poverty will creep up behind you like a thief and you’ll be left with nothing.
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Proverbs 24:30–34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.