Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"- people will curse him, and tribes will denounce him;a25
but it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and a generous blessing will come to them.
He who gives an honest answer gives a kiss on the lips.
Complete your outdoor work, and prepare your field; afterwards, build your house.
Don't testify against your neighbor without cause. Don't deceive with your lips.
Don't say, "I'll do to him what he did to me; I'll repay the man for what he has done."b30
I went by the field of a slacker and by the vineyard of a man lacking sense.
Thistles had come up everywhere, weeds covered the ground, and the stone wall was ruined.
I saw, and took it to heart; I looked, and received instruction:
a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest,
and your poverty will come like a robber, your need, like a bandit.c