Walk in the manner of the ant, O slacker;
observe its ways and become wise.
Without a commander,
without an overseer or ruler,
it prepares its provisions in summer;
it gathers its food at harvest.
How long will you lie there, O slacker?
When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and need like a bandit.
A worthless person, a wicked man,
walks with a perverse mouth,
winking his eyes, speaking with his feet,
and pointing with his fingers.
With deceit in his heart he devises evil;
he continually sows discord.
Therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;
in an instant he will be shattered beyond recovery.
There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to Him:
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that run swiftly to evil,
a false witness who gives false testimony,
and one who stirs up discord among brothers.
My son, keep your father’s commandment,
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Bind them always upon your heart;
tie them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
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