He who says to the wicked, "You are innocent," will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations;
but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will be upon them.
He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.
Prepare your work outside, get everything ready for you in the field; and after that build your house.
Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.
Do not say, "I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done."
I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man without sense;
and lo, 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 man.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the 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. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)