English Standard Version
The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
King James Bible
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
Darby Bible Translation
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; but the slothful hand shall be under tribute.
World English Bible
The hands of the diligent ones shall rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.
Young's Literal Translation
The hand of the diligent ruleth, And slothfulness becometh tributary.
Proverbs 12:24 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
We take Proverbs 12:24-28 together as a group. In these verses the subject is the means of rising (in the world), and the two ways, the one of which leads to error, and the other to life.
24 The land of the diligent attains to dominion,
But slothfulness will become tributary.
In Proverbs 10:4 רמיּה was adj., but to כּף standing beside it; here it is to be regarded as adj. to יד (sluggish hand) supplied from 24a, but may be equally regarded as a subst. (slothfulness) (vid., at Proverbs 12:27). Regarding חרוּץ, vid., p. 211. מס signifies tribute and service, i.e., tributary service rendered to a master. In Proverbs 11:29 עבד stands for it. It is still the experience of to-day, as it was of Solomon's time, that slothfulness (indolence) brings down to a state of servitude, if not even deeper, but that vigorous activity raises to dominion or to the position of a master, i.e., to independence, wealth, respect, and power.
LibraryApril the Twenty-Second Speech as a Symptom of Health
"The tongue of the wise is health." --PROVERBS xii. 13-22. Our doctors often test our physical condition by the state of our tongue. With another and deeper significance the tongue is also the register of our condition. Our words are a perfect index of our moral and spiritual health. If our words are unclean and untrue, our souls are assuredly sickly and diseased. A perverse tongue is never allied with a sanctified heart. And, therefore, everyone may apply a clinical test to his own life: "What …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
The Ninth Commandment
He saw that a resting place was good, and that the land was pleasant, so he bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant at forced labor.
When Israel grew strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did not drive them out completely.
1 Kings 9:21
their descendants who were left after them in the land, whom the people of Israel were unable to devote to destruction--these Solomon drafted to be slaves, and so they are to this day.
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