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6 (A)Go to (B)the ant, O (C)sluggard;
consider her ways, and (D)be wise.
7 (E)Without having any chief,
(F)officer, or ruler,
8 she prepares her bread (G)in summer
and (H)gathers her food in harvest.
9 (I)How long will you lie there, (J)O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 (K)A little sleep, a little slumber,
(L)a little (M)folding of the hands to rest,
11 (N)and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
Go to the ant, O lazy one;
Observe her ways and be wise,(A)
Which, having no chief,
Overseer or ruler,
She prepares her food in the summer
And brings in her provisions [of food for the winter] in the harvest.
How long will you lie down, O lazy one?
When will you arise from your sleep [and learn self-discipline]?(B)
“Yet a little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to lie down and rest”—
So your poverty will come like an approaching prowler who walks [slowly, but surely]
And your need [will come] like an armed man [making you helpless].(C)