It's wrong, very wrong, to go along with injustice.
Whoever whitewashes the wicked gets a black mark in the history books,
But whoever exposes the wicked will be thanked and rewarded.
An honest answer is like a warm hug.
First plant your fields; then build your barn.
Don't talk about your neighbors behind their backs - no slander or gossip, please.
Don't say to anyone, "I'll get back at you for what you did to me. I'll make you pay for what you did!"
One day I walked by the field of an old lazybones, and then passed the vineyard of a lout;
They were overgrown with weeds, thick with thistles, all the fences broken down.
I took a long look and pondered what I saw; the fields preached me a sermon and I listened:
"A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy - do you know what comes next?
Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, with poverty as your permanent houseguest!"
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)