Proverbs 10:4
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New International Version
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.

New Living Translation
Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.

English Standard Version
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

New American Standard Bible
Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

King James Bible
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Idle hands make one poor, but diligent hands bring riches.

International Standard Version
Lazy hands bring poverty, but hard-working hands lead to wealth.

NET Bible
The one who is lazy becomes poor, but the one who works diligently becomes wealthy.

New Heart English Bible
He becomes poor who works with a lazy hand, but the hand of the diligent brings wealth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Poverty humbles a man but the hands of the diligent make rich.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Lazy hands bring poverty, but hard-working hands bring riches.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand; But the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

New American Standard 1977
Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,
            But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that deals with a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

King James 2000 Bible
He becomes poor who has a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

American King James Version
He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

American Standard Version
He becometh poor that worketh with a slack hand; But the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The slothful hand hath wrought poverty: but the hand of the industrious getteth riches. He that trusteth to lies feedeth the winds: and the same runneth after birds that fly away.

Darby Bible Translation
He cometh to want that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

English Revised Version
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

Webster's Bible Translation
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

World English Bible
He becomes poor who works with a lazy hand, but the hand of the diligent brings wealth.

Young's Literal Translation
Poor is he who is working -- a slothful hand, And the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Study Bible
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
3The LORD will not allow the righteous to hunger, But He will reject the craving of the wicked. 4Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. 5He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:5
He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.

Proverbs 12:27
A lazy man does not roast his prey, But the precious possession of a man is diligence.

Proverbs 13:4
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.

Proverbs 18:9
He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.

Proverbs 21:5
The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.
Treasury of Scripture

He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

becometh

Proverbs 6:6-11 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise…

Proverbs 11:24 There is that scatters, and yet increases; and there is that withholds …

Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall …

Proverbs 19:15,24 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger…

Proverbs 20:4,13 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall …

Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man …

Ecclesiastes 10:18 By much slothfulness the building decays; and through idleness of …

John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures …

Hebrews 6:11,12 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to …

2 Peter 1:5-10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; …

with a slack hand

Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of …

Proverbs 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty; but of every one …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

Verse 4. - That dealeth with a stack hand; that is lazy and indolent (comp. Proverbs 6:10, 11; see on Proverbs 19:15). The Septuagint, with a different pointing, reads, "Poverty humbleth a man." The hand of the diligent (Proverbs 12:24) maketh rich. The words for "hand" are different in the two clauses as Wordsworth remarks. The first word is caph, the open, ineffective, hand or palm; the second term is yad, the hand tense and braced for vigorous work. The LXX. introduces a clause here which seems to interfere with the connection: Υίος πεπαιοευμένος σοφὸς ἔσται τῷ δὲ ἄφρονι διακόνῳ, χρήσεται, "A well instructed son will be wise. and he will use a fool as his minister;" i.e. he is aide to make even the foolish subserve his ends. The sentence is quoted by St. Augustine, 'De Civil Dei,' 16:2. The Vulgate inserts another paragraph, which is also found in some manuscripts of the Septuagint at Proverbs 9:12: Qui nititur mendaciis, hic pascit ventos; idem autem ipse sequitur aves volantes, "He who relieth on lies feedeth on the winds, and pursueth flying birds." He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand,.... That is either remiss in giving to the necessities of others, according to his abilities, and as cases require; or that is negligent and slothful in his business. Or, "that worketh with a deceitful hand"; or, "with a hand of deceit" (u), as it may be rendered; who pretends to work, but does not; makes a show as if he did, but acts deceitfully; or who uses many tricking and deceitful ways and methods to live, as usually slothful persons do. Aben Ezra observes, it may be rendered and interpreted, "he becomes poor that makes a deceitful balance"; thinking to enrich himself by such fraudulent practices: or, as others, "a deceitful balance maketh poor" (w); such seldom or ever thrive, or it does not long prosper with them who use such unlawful methods;

but the hand of the diligent maketh rich; that is, with the blessing of God along with it, as in Proverbs 10:22; such who are "sharp" (x) and acute, as the word signifies; who are careful and industrious, mind their business, and do the honest part; these, with a divine blessing, frequently grow rich: or rather who are like those that dig in the earth for gold, who search for it with great eagerness and diligence; for from this root is a word often used for gold, Proverbs 3:14. All this is true in a spiritual sense; such who are slothful in attendance on the means of grace, the word and ordinances, are slack and negligent in duty, bring a spiritual poverty upon them; and like the Laodicean church, who, through her lukewarmness and carnal security, became poor and wretched, blind and naked: on the other hand, such who are diligent in the use of means are frequent at the throne of grace, forsake not the assembly of the saints, constantly wait at Wisdom's gates; these grow rich in grace and in all good works.

(u) "vola doli", Montanus; "fraudulenta manu", Tigurine version, Cocceius, Schultens; so Junius & Tremellius, Michaelis. (w) So Mercerus. (x) "acuti", Bochart. Hierizoic. par. 1. l. 2. c. 55. col. 668. 4. slack—literally, "deceitful," failing of its purpose (compare Ho 7:16).

maketh rich—(compare Pr 10:22).10:1 The comfort of parents much depends on their children; and this suggests to both, motives to their duties. 2,3. Though the righteous may be poor, the Lord will not suffer him to want what is needful for spiritual life. 4. Those who are fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, are likely to be rich in faith, and rich in good works. 5. Here is just blame of those who trifle away opportunities, both for here and for hereafter. 6. Abundance of blessings shall abide on good men; real blessings.
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