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

New Living Translation
Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.

English Standard Version
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

New American Standard Bible
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.

King James Bible
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The slacker craves, yet has nothing, but the diligent is fully satisfied.

International Standard Version
The lazy person craves, yet receives nothing, but the desires of the diligent are satisfied.

NET Bible
The appetite of the sluggard craves but gets nothing, but the desire of the diligent will be abundantly satisfied.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A man that does not work always falls into lusts and the soul of the strong will grow fat.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A lazy person craves food and there is none, but the appetite of hard-working people is satisfied.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The soul of the sluggard desires, and attains nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

King James 2000 Bible
The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

American King James Version
The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

American Standard Version
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The sluggard willeth and willeth not: but the soul of them that work, shall be made fat.

Darby Bible Translation
A sluggard's soul desireth and hath nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

English Revised Version
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Webster's Bible Translation
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

World English Bible
The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing, but the desire of the diligent shall be fully satisfied.

Young's Literal Translation
The soul of the slothful is desiring, and hath not. And the soul of the diligent is made fat.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:1 There is great hope of those that reverence their parents. There is little hope of any who will not hear those that deal faithfully with them. 2. By our words we must be justified or condemned, Mt 12:37. 3. He that thinks before he speaks, that suppresses evil if he have thought it, keeps his soul from a great deal both of guilt and grief. Many a one is ruined by an ungoverned tongue. 4. The slothful desire the gains the diligent get, but hate the pains the diligent take; therefore they have nothing. This is especially true as to the soul. 5. Where sin reigns, the man is loathsome. If his conscience were awake, he would abhor himself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - (Comp. Proverbs 10:4.) The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing; literally, and nothing is there - he gains nothing (Proverbs 14:6; Proverbs 20:4). He has the wish, but not the will, and the empty wish without corresponding exertion is useless (Proverbs 21:25, etc.). Vulgate, "The indolent wishers, and wishes not;" he wishes for something, but he wishes not for the labour of getting it; he would like the result, but he hates the process by which the result is to be obtained. Septuagint, "In desires every idle man is occupied;" his mind is fixed wholly on aimless wishes, not on action. Shall be made fat (Proverbs 11:25); Septuagint, "The hands of the valiant are fully occupied (ἐν ἐπιμελείᾳ)."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing,.... He desires knowledge, but does not care to be at any pains to get it, and so has it not; he desires riches, but chooses not to make use of the means, to be diligent and industrious, and so he is without them; he desires to wear good clothes and rich raiment, but is unwilling to labour for them, and therefore is clothed with rags; he desires food, and plenty of it, but refuses to work for it; and he that will not work should not eat, and therefore he has it not, but starves and famishes: and, in spiritual things, the sluggard desires heaven and happiness, but does not care to do the duties of religion; he would die the death of the righteous, but is unwilling to live his life; to abstain from sin, and live soberly and righteously, is too hard service for him; he does not choose to do or suffer anything for the cause of Christ and true religion. Jarchi's note is, that

"in the future state he shall see the glory of the wise man, and desire it; but shall not attain to it;''

but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat; become rich; increase in temporal things, and have great plenty and prosperity; and so, in spiritual matters, such who are diligent in the use of means, constantly attend on the word and ordinances, and labour for the meat which endures to everlasting life; such are filled and satisfied, as with marrow and fatness; and become fat and flourishing, and fruitful in every good word and work; and shall at last arrive to that state where there will be no more hunger and thirst.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. (Compare Pr 12:11, 27).

Proverbs 13:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Wise Son Heeds his Father's Instruction
3The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. 4The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat. 5A righteous man hates falsehood, But a wicked man acts disgustingly and shamefully.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!

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

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

Proverbs 13:3
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

Proverbs 13:5
The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.

Proverbs 20:4
Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

Proverbs 21:5
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

Proverbs 21:25
The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
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