Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
Go to the ant, you sluggard; observe its ways and be wise!
Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and those who sow trouble reap the same.
Look, we have investigated this, so it is true. Hear it, and apply it for your own good."
"I will explain to you; listen to me, and what I have seen, I will declare,
I was once young, now I am old. I have never seen a godly man abandoned, or his children forced to search for food.
When the godly see this, they rejoice, and every sinner shuts his mouth.
So I again considered all the oppression that continually occurs on earth. This is what I saw: The oppressed were in tears, but no one was comforting them; no one delivers them from the power of their oppressors.
During the days of my fleeting life I have seen both of these things: Sometimes a righteous person dies prematurely in spite of his righteousness, and sometimes a wicked person lives long in spite of his evil deeds.
While applying my mind to everything that happens in this world, I have seen all this: Sometimes one person dominates other people to their harm.
The sluggard plunges his hand in the dish, and he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
What the sluggard desires will kill him, for his hands refuse to work.
Because of laziness the roof caves in, and because of idle hands the house leaks.