These also are sayings of the wise:1 To show partiality2 in judging is not good:3
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Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"4-- peoples will curse him and nations denounce him.
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But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.
An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
Do not testify against your neighbor without cause,5 or use your lips to deceive.
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Do not say, "I'll do to him as he has done to me; I'll pay that man back for what he did."6
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I went past the field of the sluggard,7 past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
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thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest8--
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and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.9
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