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Proverbs 24:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Be not thou envious against evil men; Neither desire to be with them:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Be not thou envious of evil men, neither desire to be with them;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Be not thou envious of wicked men, neither crave to be with them;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Be not envious of evil men, And desire not to be with them.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Seek not to be like evil men, neither desire to be with them:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Be not thou enuious against euill men, neither desire to be with them.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [My] son, envy not bad men, nor desire to be with them.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Be not x408
(0408) Complement
A negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing.
thou envious 7065
{7065} Prime
A primitive root; to be (causatively make) zealous, that is, (in a bad sense) jealous or envious.
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
against evil 7451
{7451} Prime
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
men, y582
[0582] Standard
From H0605; properly a mortal (and thus differeing from the more dignified H0120); hence a man in general (singly or collectively). It is often unexpressed in the English Version, especially when used in apposition with another word.
(0376) Complement
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
neither x408
(0408) Complement
A negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing.
desire 183
{0183} Prime
A primitive root; to wish for.
<8691> Grammar
Stem - Hithpael (See H8819)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 533
to be x1961
(1961) Complement
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
with x854
(0854) Complement
Probably from H0579; properly nearness (used only as a preposition or adverb), near; hence generally with, by, at, among, etc.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 24:1-2

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 23:3, Proverbs 23:17; Psalms 37:1).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 24:1-2

_ _ Here, 1. The caution given is much the same with that which we had before (Proverbs 23:17), not to envy sinners, not to think them happy, nor to whish ourselves in their condition, though they prosper ever so much in this world, and are ever so marry and ever so secure. “Let not such a thought ever come into thy mind, O that I could shake off the restraints of religion and conscience, and take as great a liberty to indulge the sensual appetite, as I see such and such do! No; desire not to be with them, to do as they do and fare as they fare, and to cast in thy lot among them.” 2. Here is another reason given for this caution: “Be not envious against them, not only because their end will be had, but because their way is so, Proverbs 24:2. Do not think with them, for their heart studies destruction to others, but it will prove destruction to themselves. Do not speak like them, for their lips talk of their mischief. All they say has an ill tendency, to dishonour God, reproach religion, or wrong their neighbour; but it will be mischief to themselves at last. It is therefore thy wisdom to have nothing to do with them. Nor hast thou any reason to look upon them with envy, but with pity rather, or a just indignation at their wicked practices.”

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 24:19 Fret not thyself because of evil [men], neither be thou envious at the wicked;
Proverbs 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
Proverbs 23:17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
Psalms 37:1 [[[A Psalm] of David.]] Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
Psalms 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psalms 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, [when] I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, ... Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
James 4:5-6 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? ... But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.


Proverbs 1:11-15 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: ... My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Genesis 13:10-13 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it [was] well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, [even] as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. ... But the men of Sodom [were] wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
Genesis 19:1-11 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing [them] rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; ... And they smote the men that [were] at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
Psalms 26:9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:
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Gn 13:10; 19:1. Ps 26:9; 37:1, 7; 73:3. Pv 1:11; 3:31; 13:20; 23:17; 24:19. Ga 5:19. Jm 4:5.

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