Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labor shall increase.
What is true of private is no less true of public possessions. When such possessions are obtained, on the part of any country, by self-aggrandising and unprovoked aggression, extermination and conquest, what are such means but injustice, oppression, and murder, on an extended scale? Gathering possessions by a violation of the rights of others, of the principles of equity and honour and good faith, or, in one word, of the royal law, is turning a country's glory into shame, and under the righteous and retributive administration of Heaven the extension of dominion is but an extension of danger.
Parallel VersesKJV: Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.