Proverbs 24:17-34, A Little Sleep, a Little Slumber


17Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,

And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

18Or the Lord will see it and be displeased,

And turn His anger away from him.

19Do not fret because of evildoers

Or be envious of the wicked;

20For there will be no future for the evil man;

The lamp of the wicked will be put out.

21My son, fear the Lord and the king;

Do not associate with those who are given to change,

22For their calamity will rise suddenly,

And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?

23These also are sayings of the wise.

To show partiality in judgment is not good.

24He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”

Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;

25But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight,

And a good blessing will come upon them.

26He kisses the lips

Who gives a right answer.

27Prepare your work outside

And make it ready for yourself in the field;

Afterwards, then, build your house.

28Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,

And do not deceive with your lips.

29Do not say, “Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me;

I will render to the man according to his work.”

30I passed by the field of the sluggard

And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense,

31And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles;

Its surface was covered with nettles,

And its stone wall was broken down.

32When I saw, I reflected upon it;

I looked, and received instruction.

33″A little sleep, a little slumber,

A little folding of the hands to rest,”

34Then your poverty will come as a robber

And your want like an armed man.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: How could I learn by looking at my sins and the sin of others?