27-29 Never walk away from someone who deserves help;
your hand is God’s hand for that person.
Don’t tell your neighbor “Maybe some other time”
or “Try me tomorrow”
when the money’s right there in your pocket.
6-11 You lazy fool, look at an ant.
Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two.
Nobody has to tell it what to do.
All summer it stores up food;
at harvest it stockpiles provisions.
So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing?
How long before you get out of bed?
A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there,
sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?
Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life,
poverty your permanent houseguest!
2 Ill-gotten gain gets you nowhere;
an honest life is immortal.
4 Sloth makes you poor;
diligence brings wealth.
5 Make hay while the sun shines—that’s smart;
go fishing during harvest—that’s stupid.
24 The world of the generous gets larger and larger;
the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.
25 The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;
those who help others are helped.
11 The one who stays on the job has food on the table;
the witless chase whims and fancies.
4 Indolence wants it all and gets nothing;
the energetic have something to show for their lives.
23 Hard work always pays off;
mere talk puts no bread on the table.
32 An undisciplined, self-willed life is puny;
an obedient, God-willed life is spacious.
18 It’s stupid to try to get something for nothing,
or run up huge bills you can never pay.
6 Lots of people flock around a generous person;
everyone’s a friend to the philanthropist.
17 Mercy to the needy is a loan to God,
and God pays back those loans in full.
22 It’s only human to want to make a buck,
but it’s better to be poor than a liar.
7 The wicked get buried alive by their loot
because they refuse to use it to help others.
17 You’re addicted to thrills? What an empty life!
The pursuit of pleasure is never satisfied.
25 Lazy people finally die of hunger
because they won’t get up and go to work.
26 Sinners are always wanting what they don’t have;
the God-loyal are always giving what they do have.
31 Do your best, prepare for the worst—
then trust God to bring victory.
1 A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.
7 The poor are always ruled over by the rich,
so don’t borrow and put yourself under their power.
9 Generous hands are blessed hands
because they give bread to the poor.
26-27 Don’t gamble on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,
hocking your house against a lucky chance.
The time will come when you have to pay up;
you’ll be left with nothing but the shirt on your back.
4-5 Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich;
Riches disappear in the blink of an eye;
wealth sprouts wings
and flies off into the wild blue yonder.
13 Hold tight to collateral on any loan to a stranger;
be wary of accepting what a transient has pawned.
18 If you care for your orchard, you’ll enjoy its fruit;
if you honor your boss, you’ll be honored.
23-27 Know your sheep by name;
carefully attend to your flocks;
(Don’t take them for granted;
possessions don’t last forever, you know.)
And then, when the crops are in
and the harvest is stored in the barns,
You can knit sweaters from lambs’ wool,
and sell your goats for a profit;
There will be plenty of milk and meat
to last your family through the winter.
19 Work your garden—you’ll end up with plenty of food;
play and party—you’ll end up with an empty plate.
20 Committed and persistent work pays off;
get-rich-quick schemes are ripoffs.
22 A miser in a hurry to get rich
doesn’t know that he’ll end up broke.
27 Be generous to the poor—you’ll never go hungry;
shut your eyes to their needs, and run a gauntlet of curses.
15-16 A leech has twin daughters
named “Gimme” and “Gimme more.”
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