If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.
ThA man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.
But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.
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.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”