Proverbs 24:23-34 NIV

Further Sayings of the Wise

23 These also are sayings of the wise:1 To show partiality2 in judging is not good:3

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24 Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"4-- peoples will curse him and nations denounce him.

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25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.
26 An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
27 Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause,5 or use your lips to deceive.

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29 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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30 I went past the field of the sluggard,7 past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;

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31 thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest8--

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34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.a9

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    • a 24:34 - Or "like a vagrant / and scarcity like a beggar"