Let him not deceive1 himself by trusting what is worthless,2 for he will get nothing in return.3
Before his time4 he will be paid in full,5 and his branches will not flourish.6
He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes,7 like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.8
For the company of the godless9 will be barren, and fire will consume10 the tents of those who love bribes.11
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