|New International Version (© 2011)|
Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
King James Bible
The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
American Standard Version
The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; Therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
Young's Literal Translation
Because of winter the slothful plougheth not, He asketh in harvest, and there is nothing.
Proverbs 20:4 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The sluggard will not plough - For other parts of this character, see the preceding chapter, Proverbs 19 (note). It is seldom that there is a season of very cold weather in Palestine; very cold days sometimes occur, with wind, rain, and sleet. They begin their ploughing in the latter end of September, and sow their early wheat by the middle of October. And this is often the case in England itself. The meaning of the proverb is: the slothful man, under the pretense of unfavorable weather, neglects cultivating his land till the proper time is elapsed.
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Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
Proverbs 13:4 A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
Proverbs 20:5 The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.
Proverbs 21:25 The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.