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.
4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
23 In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk ktends only to poverty.
but the path of the upright is ja level highway.
26 A worker’s appetite works for him;
his xmouth urges him on.
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.
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.
29 Do you see a man skillful in his work?
He will bstand before kings;
he will not stand before obscure men.
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.
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
so does a sluggard on his bed.
18 rWhoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and he who sguards his master will be honored.
23 yKnow well the condition of your flocks,
and ygive attention to your herds,
24 for zriches do not last forever;
and does a crown endure to all generations?
25 aWhen the grass is gone and the new growth appears
and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,
26 bthe lambs will provide your clothing,
and the goats the price of a field.
27 bThere will be enough goats’ milk for your food,
for the food of your household
and maintenance for your girls.
19 iWhoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.