Proverbs 12:27
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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.

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.
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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

Verse 27. - The slothful man (literally, sloth) roasteth not that which he took in hunting. There is some doubt concerning the correct meaning of the word translated "roasteth" (חרך), which occurs only in the Chaldea of Daniel 3:27, where it signifies "burned" or "singed," according to the traditional rendering. It seems to be a proverbial saying, implying either that a lazy man will not take the trouble to hunt, or, if he does hunt, will not prepare the food which he has taken in the chase, or that he does not enjoy it when he has gotten it. Others render, "will not start his prey;" or "catch his prey," Septuagint; or "secure his prey," i.e. will not keep in his net what he has caught, but carelessly lets it escape. The Vulgate renders, "The cheat will gain no profit." The word rendered "cheat," fraudulentus in the Latin, and δόλιος in the Greek, is the same as that rightly translated "slothful" (ver. 24). But the substance of a diligent man is precious; i.e. the substance which an honest, industrious man acquires by his labour is stable and of real value. This second clause, however, is variously translated, Revised Version, But the precious substance of men is to the diligent, or, is to be diligent; Delitzsch, "Diligence is a man's precious possession;" Septuagint, "A pure man is a precious possession." The Authorized Version is probably erroneous, and the rendering should be, as Delitzsch and Nowack take it, "But a precious possession of a man is diligence."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting,.... Because he takes none. The slothful man takes no pains to get anything for a livelihood, by hunting or otherwise; and though he loves to live well, and eat roast meat, yet what he roasts is not what he has got himself, but what another has laboured for. It is observed (o) that fowlers burn the wings of birds taken by them, that they may not fly away; to which the allusion may be. Or, "the deceitful" (p) man, as it may be rendered; though he may get much in a fraudulent way, yet it does not prosper with him, he does not enjoy it; it is taken away from him before he can partake of it, or receive any comfort from it, or advantage by it; just as a man that has took anything in hunting, he cannot keep it; it is taken away from him, perhaps by a dog or some man, before he can roast it, and make it fit for eating. Ben Melech, from Joseph Kimchi, observes, that fowlers, when they catch fowls, burn the top of their wings, that they may not fly away at once; and they do not cut their wings off, that they may be left, and appear beautiful to them that buy them: but the slothful or deceitful man does not let the fowl remain in his hands till he burns it; for before that it flies out of his hands, and it is lost to him; which is figuratively to be understood of riches and wealth, gathered by violence and deceit, and lost suddenly. What is ill gotten does not spend well; it does not last long, it is presently gone; there is no true enjoyment of it. Or he will not shut it up within lattices (q) and reserve it, but spend it directly; see Sol 2:9;

but the substance of a diligent man is precious; what is gotten by industry and diligence, and in an honest way, is valuable; it comes with a blessing; there is comfort in the enjoyment of it, and it continues. Some render it, "the substance of a precious man is gold" (r); so the Targum,

"the substance of a man is precious gold;''

and to the same purpose the Vulgate Latin version: a diligent man grows rich; and what he gets spends well, and his substance is daily increasing.

(o) Vid. Schindler. Lexic. col. 653. (p) "vir dolosus", Pagninus, Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis; "fraudulentus", Montanus. (q) Vid. Stockium, p. 388. (r) "substantia hominis pretiosi est aurum", De Dieu, so some in Mercerus; "substantia hominis praestantis est aurum", Gussetius, p. 255.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

27. (Compare Pr 12:24).

took in hunting—or, "his venison." He does not improve his advantages.

the substance … precious—or, "the wealth of a man of honor is being diligent," or "diligence."

precious—literally, "honor" (Ec 10:1).

Proverbs 12:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
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.
Cross References
Proverbs 10:4
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Proverbs 12:26
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Proverbs 13:4
A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
Treasury of Scripture

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