Day One Hundred Forty-Three, Proverbs
Wealth and poverty
Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Benevolence and generosity
He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will reward him for what he has done.
Oppression of the poor
He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
I went past the field of the sluggard,
past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
a little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a bandit
and scarcity like an armed man.
As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.
In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil,
but a foolish man devours all he has.
Surety for another
He who puts up security for another will surely suffer,
but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is safe.