Prepare your work outside, get everything ready for you in the field; and after that build your house.
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.
Do not say, "I will do to others as they have done to me; I will pay them back for what they have done."
I passed by the field of one who was lazy, by the vineyard of a stupid person;
and see, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.
Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction.
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want, like an armed warrior.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (New Revised Standard Bible Version Online)