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11 By making excuses you’ll learn what it means to go without.
    Poverty will pounce on you like a bandit[a]
    and move in as your roommate for life.[b]

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  1. 6:11 Or “vagabond.” The Hebrew phrase here is literally translated “one who walks (away).”
  2. 6:11 The life lesson from Solomon’s parable is this: the ant only lives six months yet stores more food than it will ever consume. We should learn the wisdom of preparing for the future and frugality in the present. Don’t put off for the future the preparations you should make today. Now is always better than later. Today is the day to choose what’s right and serve the Lord.

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