The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 6:6–11

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Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise;

Be like the ant, consider her ways, and be wise;

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Which having no chief, overseer, or ruler,

For whereas he has no husbandry, nor any one to compel him, and is under no master,

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Provideth her bread in the summer, and gatherest her food in the harvest.

he prepares food for himself in the summer, and lays by abundant store in harvest. Or go to the bee, and learn how diligent she is, and how earnestly she is engaged in her work; whose labours kings and private men use for health, and she is desired and respected by all: though weak in body, she is advanced by honouring wisdom.

she provides meals for herself in the summer, and she gathers at the harvest what she may eat.

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How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

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10  'Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep'--

10  Thou sleepest a little, and thou restest a little, and thou slumberest a short time, and thou foldest thine arms over thy breast a little.

10  You will sleep a little, you will slumber a little, you will fold your hands a little to sleep,

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11  So shall thy poverty come as a runner, and thy want as an armed man.

11  Then poverty comes upon thee as an evil traveller, and want as a swift courier: but if thou be diligent, thine harvest shall arrive as a fountain, and poverty shall flee away as a bad courier.

11  And then poverty shall come upon you, and distress shall overtake you; become a successful man.