Proverbs 12:27
Parallel Verses
New International Version
The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.

New Living Translation
Lazy people don't even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.

English Standard Version
Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.

New American Standard Bible
A lazy man does not roast his prey, But the precious possession of a man is diligence.

King James Bible
The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A lazy man doesn't roast his game, but to a diligent man, his wealth is precious.

International Standard Version
The lazy person does not roast what he has hunted, but diligence is one's most important possession.

NET Bible
The lazy person does not roast his prey, but personal possessions are precious to the diligent.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Prey will not be taken for the deceitful man, but the precious possession of a man is choice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A lazy hunter does not catch his prey, but a hard-working person becomes wealthy.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The slothful man shall not hunt his prey; But the precious substance of men is to be diligent.

New American Standard 1977
A slothful man does not roast his prey,
            But the precious possession of a man is diligence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The deceitful man does not even roast that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

King James 2000 Bible
The slothful man roasts not that which he took in hunting: but the possessions of a diligent man are precious.

American King James Version
The slothful man roasts not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

American Standard Version
The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting; But the precious substance of men is to the diligent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The deceitful man shall not find gain: but the substance of a just man shall be precious gold.

Darby Bible Translation
The slothful roasteth not what he took in hunting; but man's precious substance is to the diligent.

English Revised Version
The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the precious substance of men is to the diligent.

Webster's Bible Translation
The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

World English Bible
The slothful man doesn't roast his game, but the possessions of diligent men are prized.

Young's Literal Translation
The slothful roasteth not his hunting, And the wealth of a diligent man is precious.
Study Bible
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
26The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, But the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27A lazy man does not roast his prey, But the precious possession of a man is diligence. 28In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.…
Word Study

The slothful
rmiyah  (rem-ee-yaw')
remissness, treachery -- deceit(-ful, -fully), false, guile, idle, slack, slothful.

man roasteth
charak  (khaw-rak')
to braid (i.e. to entangle or snare) or catch (game) in a net -- roast.

not that which he took in hunting
tsayid  (tsah'-yid)
the chase; also game (thus taken); (generally) lunch (especially for a journey) -- catcheth, food, hunter, (that which he took in) hunting, venison, victuals.

but the substance
hown  (hone)
wealth; by implication, enough -- enough, + for nought, riches, substance, wealth.

of a diligent
charuwts  (khaw-roots')
decision, diligent, (fine) gold, pointed things, sharp, threshing instrument, wall.

man
'adam  (aw-dawm')
ruddy i.e. a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) -- another, + hypocrite, + common sort, low, man (mean, of low degree), person.

is precious
yaqar  (yaw-kawr')
valuable (obj. or subj.) -- brightness, clear, costly, excellent, fat, honourable women, precious, reputation.

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
Proverbs 10:4
Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 12:26
The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, But the way of the wicked leads them astray.

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