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9. How long will you sleep, O sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep? 10. Yet, a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest; 11. So shall your poverty come as one who travels, and your want like an armed man. (Proverbs 6:9 - 11)

15 The rich man's wealth is his fortress, the ruin of the poor is their poverty. (Proverbs 10:15)

8 The ransom of a man's life is his riches, but the poor does not hear rebuke. (13:8)

23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor, but there is that which is destroyed for lack of judgment. (13:23).

Should we pay taxes?
Should the poor be made to work?
How did Solomon gain his wealth?

20 The poor man is hated even by his own neighbor, but the rich has many friends. (14:20)

5 Whoever scorns the poor reviles his Maker; he who is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. (17:5)

23 The poor man utters supplications, but the rich man answers roughly. (18:23)

1 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool. (19:1)

7 All the brothers of the poor man hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him? He pursues them with words, yet they are nowhere to be found. (19:7)

4 Wealth adds many friends, but a poor man is separated from his friend. (19:4)

22 The desire of a man is his kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar. (19:22)

World's Wit and Wisdom
Footprints on the sands of time
are not made by sitting down.

Calamities are of two kinds.
Misfortune to ourselves and
good fortune to others.
Ambrose Bierce, 1842 - c. 1914

13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes and you shall be satisfied with bread. (20:13)

13 He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be answered. (21:13)

17 He who loves pleasure will become a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich. (21:17)

9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor. (22:9)

21. For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty, and sleepiness shall clothe a man with rags. (23:21)

4 Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. (Proverbs 10:4)

18 Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, but he who regards reproof will be honored. (13:18)

World's Wit and Wisdom
Never contend with a man
who has nothing to lose.
Baltasar Gracian, 1601 - 1658

Sleep, riches and health to be
truly enjoyed must be interrupted.
Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, 1763 - 1825

3 A poor man who oppresses the lowly is like a driving rain which leaves no food. (28:3)

6. Better is the poor who walks in his uprightness than he who is perverse in his ways, though he is rich. (28:6)

11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit, but the poor man who has understanding will find him out. (28:11)

7 The righteous considers the plea of the poor; the wicked cares not to know it. (29:7)

13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives light to the eyes of both. 14 If a king judges the poor with truth, his throne will be established forever. (29:13 - 14)

14 A king who faithfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established forever. (29:14)

6 Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those who are of heavy hearts. 7. Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. (Proverbs 31:6 - 7)

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