Proverbs 24:23-34 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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23 These also are the sayings of wise people: Showing partiality as a judge is not good. 24 Whoever says to a guilty person, "You are innocent," will be cursed by people and condemned by nations. 25 But people will be pleased with those who convict a guilty person, and a great blessing will come to them. 26 Giving a straight answer is [like] a kiss on the lips. 27 Prepare your work outside, and get things ready for yourself in the field. Afterwards, build your house. 28 Do not testify against your neighbor without a reason, and do not deceive with your lips. 29 Do not say, "I'll treat him as he treated me. I'll pay him back for what he has done to me." 30 I passed by a lazy person's field, the vineyard belonging to a person without sense. 31 I saw that it was all overgrown with thistles. The ground was covered with weeds, and its stone fence was torn down. 32 When I observed [this], I took it to heart. I saw it and learned my lesson. 33 "Just a little sleep, just a little slumber, just a little nap." 34 Then your poverty will come like a drifter, and your need will come like a bandit.
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