The slothful roasteth not his hunting, And the wealth of a diligent man is precious.
Proverbs 12:27 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting - Because he is a slothful man, he does not hunt for prey; therefore gets none, and cannot roast, that he may eat. There is some obscurity in the original on which the versions cast little light. Coverdale translates the whole verse thus: "A discreatfull man schal fynde no vauntage: but he that is content with what he hath, is more worth than golde." My old MS. Bible: The gylful man schal not fynd wynnynge: and the substance of a man schal ben the pris of gold.
By translating hymr remiyah the deceitful, instead of the slothful man, which appears to be the genuine meaning of the word, we may obtain a good sense, as the Vulgate has done: "The deceitful man shall not find gain; but the substance of a (just) man shall be the price of gold." But our common version, allowing hymr remiyah to be translated fraudulent, which is its proper meaning, gives the best sense: "The fraudulent man roasteth not that which he took in hunting," the justice of God snatching from his mouth what he had acquired unrighteously.
But the substance of a diligent man - One who by honest industry acquires all his property - is precious, because it has the blessing of God in it.
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Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Proverbs 23:2 And put a knife to your throat, if you be a man given to appetite.
Proverbs 26:15 The slothful hides his hand in his bosom; it grieves him to bring it again to his mouth.
Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Proverbs 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
Psalm 37:16 A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.
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