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More Sayings of the Wise
23 These also are sayings of (A)the wise.
(B)Partiality in judging is not good.
24 Whoever (C)says to the wicked, “You are in the right,”
(D)will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,
25 but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,
and a good blessing will come upon them.
26 Whoever gives an honest answer
kisses the lips.
27 (E)Prepare your work outside;
get everything ready for yourself in the field,
and after that build your house.
30 (H)I passed by the field of a sluggard,
by the vineyard of a man (I)lacking sense,
31 and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns;
the ground was covered with nettles,
and its stone (J)wall was broken down.
32 Then I saw and (K)considered it;
I looked and received instruction.
33 (L)A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
34 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.