consider her ways, and mbe wise.
7 nWithout having any chief,
oofficer, or ruler,
8 she prepares her bread pin summer
and qgathers her food in harvest.
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 sA little sleep, a little slumber,
11 uand poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
4 A slack hand jcauses poverty,
kbut the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 He who lgathers in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps in harvest is ma son who brings shame.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so is the sluggard to those who send him.
24 lThe hand of the diligent will rule,
while the slothful will be mput to forced labor.
27 oWhoever is slothful will not roast his game,
but the diligent man will get precious wealth.1
4 wThe soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
while the soul of the diligent xis richly supplied.
but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
but the path of the upright is ja level highway.
26 A worker’s appetite works for him;
his xmouth urges him on.
2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over na son who acts shamefully
and owill share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
9 Whoever is slack in his work
is a hbrother to him who destroys.
and aan idle person will suffer hunger.
and will not even bring it back to his mouth.
4 eThe sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
fhe will seek at harvest and have nothing.
open your eyes, and you will have uplenty of bread.
5 The plans of ethe diligent lead surely to abundance,
17 Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man;
he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
25 The desire of gthe sluggard kills him,
for his hands refuse to labor.
26 All day long he craves and craves,
but the righteous hgives and does not hold back.
13 jThe sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!
I shall be killed in the streets!”
29 Do you see a man skillful in his work?
He will bstand before kings;
he will not stand before obscure men.
10 If you ifaint in the day of adversity,
your strength is small.
27 ePrepare your work outside;
get everything ready for yourself in the field,
and after that build your house.
30 hI passed by the field of a sluggard,
by the vineyard of a man ilacking sense,
31 and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns;
the ground was covered with nettles,
and its stone jwall was broken down.
32 Then I saw and kconsidered it;
I looked and received instruction.
33 lA little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
34 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
2 It is the glory of God to nconceal things,
but the glory of kings is to osearch things out.
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest
is ba faithful messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the soul of his masters.
13 lThe sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
There is a lion in the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
so does a sluggard on his bed.
15 mThe sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.
16 The sluggard is jwiser in his own eyes
nthan seven men who can answer sensibly.
23 yKnow well the condition of your flocks,
and ygive attention to your herds,
19 iWhoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
24 kFour things on earth are small,
but they are exceedingly wise:
25 xthe ants are a people not strong,
yet they provide their food in the summer;
26 ythe rock badgers are a people not mighty,
yet they make their homes in the cliffs;
27 the locusts have no zking,
yet all of them march in arank;
28 the lizard you can take in your hands,
yet it is in kings’ palaces.