Go to the ant, you sluggard;1 consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer2 and gathers its food at harvest.39
How long will you lie there, you sluggard?4 When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest5--
and poverty6 will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.a12
A scoundrel and villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
who winks with his eye,7 signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,814
who plots evil9 with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up dissension.1015
Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;11 he will suddenly12 be destroyed--without remedy.1316
There are six things the LORD hates,14 seven that are detestable to him: