Practical proverbs and warnings
Proverbs 6:6-11, 16-23
Proverbs is full of practical advice on nearly every aspect of life, including warnings against laziness and guidance on how to please the Lord. Poverty will come to those who crave “yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep,” instead of being industrious. And the Lord hates “a lying tongue” and feet that are “swift in running to mischief.”
Go to the ant, thou sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide,
overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer,
and gathereth her food in the harvest.
How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard?
when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to sleep:
So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth,
and thy want as an armed man. . . .
These six things doth the LORD hate:
yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations,
feet that be swift in running to mischief,
A false witness that speaketh lies,
and he that soweth discord among brethren.
My son, keep thy father's commandment,
and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Bind them continually upon thine heart,
and tie them about thy neck. . . .
For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light;
and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.