Proverbs 10:26
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New International Version
As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.

New Living Translation
Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.

English Standard Version
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.

New American Standard Bible
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy one to those who send him.

King James Bible
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Christian Standard Bible
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so the slacker is to the one who sends him on an errand.

Contemporary English Version
Having a lazy person on the job is like a mouth full of vinegar or smoke in your eyes.

Good News Translation
Never get a lazy person to do something for you; he will be as irritating as vinegar on your teeth or smoke in your eyes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so the slacker is to the one who sends him on an errand.

International Standard Version
As vinegar is to the mouth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy person to those who send him.

NET Bible
Like vinegar to the teeth and like smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.

New Heart English Bible
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As unripe grapes hurt the teeth, and smoke the eyes, so evil hurts those practicing it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like vinegar to the teeth, like smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy person to those who send him [on a mission].

JPS Tanakh 1917
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, So is the sluggard to them that send him.

New American Standard 1977
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy one to those who send him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As vinegar to the teeth and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those that send him.

King James 2000 Bible
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

American King James Version
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

American Standard Version
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, So is the sluggard to them that send him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that sent him.

Darby Bible Translation
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

English Revised Version
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Webster's Bible Translation
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

World English Bible
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.

Young's Literal Translation
As vinegar to the teeth, And as smoke to the eyes, So is the slothful to those sending him.
Study Bible
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
25When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation. 26Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy one to those who send him. 27The fear of the LORD prolongs life, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,

Proverbs 26:6
He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.
Treasury of Scripture

As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

vinegar

Proverbs 25:13,20 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger …

as smoke. As the acidity of vinegar causes the unpleasantness and pain to the teeth, and by softening and dissolving alkali of the bone, impairs their texture, and renders them incapable of mastication; and as smoke, by irritating the tender vessels, causes the eyes to smart, and prevents distinct vision; so a sluggish messenger is a continual vexation and loss to those by whom he is employed.

Isaiah 65:5 Which say, Stand by yourself, come not near to me; for I am holier …

so

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, …

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Hebrews 6:12 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith …

Verse 26. - Vinegar (Ruth 2:14; Psalm 69:21). As sour wine sets the teeth on edge. Septuagint, "as the unripe grape is harmful to the teeth" (Ezekiel 18:2). Smoke. In a country where chimneys were unknown, and the fuel was wood or some substance more unsavoury, the eyes must have often been painfully affected by the household fire. Thus lacrimosus, "tear-producing," is a classical epithet of smoke (see Ovid, 'Metam.,' 10:6; Her., 'Sat.,' 1:5, 80). To these two annoyances is compared the messenger who loiters on his errand. The last clause is rendered by the LXX., "So is iniquity to those who practise it" - it brings only pain and vexation. As vinegar to the teeth,.... Which, with its coldness and sourness, blunts the teeth, and makes it troublesome to eat: the Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions, render it,

"as the sour grape is hurtful to the teeth;''

sets them on edge;

and as smoke to the eye; dims the sight, causes the eye to water, and is very pernicious and vexatious:

so is the sluggard to them that send him: that is, the slothful messenger, as the Targum explains it; who, being sent on an errand, is dilatory, does not make haste to bring back the answer; which is very vexatious to those that send him, raises their passions, makes them fretful and very angry, be it on what account it will: so slothful and unprofitable servants, to whom talents are given for usefulness, which they hide or use not, are very provoking to Christ, and whom he will order into outer darkness; those who have gifts for sacred service ought not to be slothful in business, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, Matthew 25:26. 26. that is, causes vexation.10:22. That wealth which is truly desirable, has no vexation of spirit in the enjoyment; no grief for the loss; no guilt by the abuse of it. What comes from the love of God, has the grace of God for its companion. 23. Only foolish and wicked men divert themselves with doing harm to others, or tempting to sin. 24. The largest desire of eternal blessings the righteous can form, will be granted. 25. The course of prosperous sinners is like a whirlwind, which soon spends itself, and is gone. 26. As vinegar sets the teeth on edge, and as the smoke causes the eyes to smart, so the sluggard vexes his employer. 27,28. What man is he that loves life? Let him fear God, and that will secure to him life enough in this world, and eternal life in the other.
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