Proverbs 24:23-34 (New Living Translation)

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23 Here are some further sayings of the wise: It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment. 24 A judge who says to the wicked, "You are innocent," will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations. 25 But blessings are showered on those who convict the guilty. 26 It is an honor to receive an honest reply. 27 Develop your business first before building your house. 28 Do not testify spitefully against innocent neighbors; don't lie about them. 29 And don't say, "Now I can pay them back for all their meanness to me! I'll get even!" 30 I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one lacking sense. 31 I saw that it was overgrown with thorns. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. 32 Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: 33 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest -- 34 and poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
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