Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
Go unto the ant, O slothful one, See her ways and be wise;
As I have seen -- ploughers of iniquity, And sowers of misery, reap it!
Lo, this -- we searched it out -- it is right, hearken; And thou, know for thyself!
I shew thee -- hearken to me -- And this I have seen and declare:
Young I have been, I have also become old, And I have not seen the righteous forsaken, And his seed seeking bread.
The upright do see and rejoice, And all perversity hath shut her mouth.
And I have turned, and I see all the oppressions that are done under the sun, and lo, the tear of the oppressed, and they have no comforter; and at the hand of their oppressors is power, and they have no comforter.
The whole I have considered in the days of my vanity. There is a righteous one perishing in his righteousness, and there is a wrong-doer prolonging himself in his wrong.
All this I have seen so as to give my heart to every work that hath been done under the sun; a time that man hath ruled over man to his own evil.
The slothful hath hidden his hand in a dish, Even unto his mouth he bringeth it not back.
The desire of the slothful slayeth him, For his hands have refused to work.
By slothfulness is the wall brought low, And by idleness of the hands doth the house drop.