Proverbs 12:24
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New International Version
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.

New Living Translation
Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

English Standard Version
The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

New American Standard Bible
The hand of the diligent will rule, But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.

King James Bible
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The diligent hand will rule, but laziness will lead to forced labor.

International Standard Version
The diligent will take control, but the lazy will be put to forced labor.

NET Bible
The diligent person will rule, but the slothful will become a slave.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The hand of the mighty will rule and the deceitful will be under tribute.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Hard-working hands gain control, but lazy hands do slave labor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the negligent shall be under tribute.

King James 2000 Bible
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be put to forced labor.

American King James Version
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

American Standard Version
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; But the slothful shall be put under taskwork.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The hand of the valiant shall bear rule: but that which is slothful, shall be under tribute.

Darby Bible Translation
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; but the slothful [hand] shall be under tribute.

English Revised Version
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be put under taskwork.

Webster's Bible Translation
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful 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.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:16. A foolish man is soon angry, and is hasty in expressing it; he is ever in trouble and running into mischief. It is kindness to ourselves to make light of injuries and affronts, instead of making the worst of them. 17. It is good for all to dread and detest the sin of lying, and to be governed by honesty. 18. Whisperings and evil surmises, like a sword, separate those that have been dear to each other. The tongue of the wise is health, making all whole. 19. If truth be spoken, it will hold good; whoever may be disobliged, still it will keep its ground. 20. Deceit and falsehood bring terrors and perplexities. But those who consult the peace and happiness of others have joy in their own minds. 21. If men are sincerely righteous, the righteous God has engaged that no evil shall happen to them. But they that delight in mischief shall have enough of it. 22. Make conscience of truth, not only in words, but in actions. 23. Foolish men proclaim to all the folly and emptiness of their minds. 24. Those who will not take pains in an honest calling, living by tricks and dishonesty, are paltry and beggarly. 25. Care, fear, and sorrow, upon the spirits, deprive men of vigour in what is to be done, or courage in what is to be borne. A good word from God, applied by faith, makes the heart glad. 26. The righteous is abundant; though not in this world's goods, yet in the graces and comforts of the Spirit, which are the true riches. Evil men vainly flatter themselves that their ways are not wrong. 27. The slothful man makes no good use of the advantages Providence puts in his way, and has no comfort in them. The substance of a diligent man, though not great, does good to him and his family. He sees that God gives it to him in answer to prayer. 28. The way of religion is a straight, plain way; it is the way of righteousness. There is not only life at the end, but life in the way; all true comfort.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 24-28 speak of the means of getting on in life. Verse 24. - The hand of the diligent shall bear rule (Proverbs 10:4). For "diligent" the Vulgate has fortium, "the strong and active;" Septuagint, ἐκλεκτῶν, "choice." Such men are sure to rise to the surface, and get the upper hand in a community, as the LXX. adds, "with facility," by a natural law. But the slothful (literally, slothfulness) shall be under tribute; or, reduced to compulsory service, like the Gibeonites in Joshua's time, and the Canaanites under Solomon (Joshua 9:21, 23; 1 Kings 9:21). So Proverbs 11:29, "The fool shall be slave to the wise;" and an Israelite reduced to poverty might be made a servant (Leviticus 25:39, 40). The LXX., taking the word in another sense, translates, "The crafty shall be for plunder;" i.e. they who think to succeed by fraud and trickery shall become the prey of those who are stronger than themselves.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule,.... "Shall become rich", so Jarchi interprets it, according to Proverbs 10:4; Through diligence men get riches, and through riches they arrive to power and authority over others: from apprentices and journeymen workmen they become masters of their business; diligent men become masters of families, and have servants and workmen under them; become magistrates in cities, and bear rule over their fellow citizens, and are advanced to places of power and authority in the commonwealth; see Proverbs 22:29;

but the slothful shall be under tribute; the "slothful" or "deceitful hand" (l), for so it may be rendered and supplied; for usually such who are slothful, and do not care for business, get their living by deceitful methods, by tricking and sharping; and such become subject to others, to them that are diligent; hence said to be "under tribute", or tributary; because those that are tributary are in subjection to those to whom they pay tribute.

(l) "Manus fraudulentiae", Michaelis; "dolosa", Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Mercerus, Gejerus; "fraudulenta", Tigurine version, Vatablus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. slothful—(Compare Margin), so called because he fails to meet his promises.

under tribute—not denoting legal taxes, but the obligation of dependence.

Proverbs 12:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
23A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims folly. 24The hand of the diligent will rule, But the slack hand will be put to forced labor. 25Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.…
Cross References
Genesis 49:15
When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor.

Judges 1:28
When Israel became strong, they pressed the Canaanites into forced labor but never drove them out completely.

1 Kings 9:21
Solomon conscripted the descendants of all these peoples remaining in the land--whom the Israelites could not exterminate --to serve as slave labor, as it is to this day.
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The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

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Proverbs 10:4 He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the …

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

Proverbs 17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causes shame, and …

Proverbs 22:29 See you a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; …

1 Kings 11:28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valor: and Solomon seeing …

1 Kings 12:20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come …

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Proverbs 12:27 The slothful man roasts not that which he took in hunting: but the …

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

Proverbs 21:25,26 The desire of the slothful kills him; for his hands refuse to labor…

Proverbs 22:13 The slothful man said, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

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

Proverbs 26:13-16 The slothful man said, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets…

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