Proverbs 18:9
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New International Version
One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.

New Living Translation
A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.

English Standard Version
Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

New American Standard Bible
He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.

King James Bible
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who is truly lazy in his work is brother to a vandal.

International Standard Version
Whoever is lazy regarding his work is also a brother to the master of destruction.

NET Bible
The one who is slack in his work is a brother to one who destroys.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he whose hands are slack in his work is brother of the man who is a destroyer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever is lazy in his work is related to a vandal.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He also that is negligent in his work is brother to him that is the great spendthrift.

King James 2000 Bible
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

American King James Version
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

American Standard Version
He also that is slack in his work Is brother to him that is a destroyer.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is loose and slack in his work, is the brother of him that wasteth his own works.

Darby Bible Translation
He also who is indolent in his work is brother of the destroyer.

English Revised Version
He also that is slack in his work is brother to him that is a destroyer.

Webster's Bible Translation
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

World English Bible
One who is slack in his work is brother to him who is a master of destruction.

Young's Literal Translation
He also that is remiss in his work, A brother he is to a destroyer.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:4. The well-spring of wisdom in the heart of a believer, continually supplies words of wisdom. 5. The merits of a cause must be looked to, not the person. 6,7. What mischief bad men do to themselves by their ungoverned tongues! 8. How base are those that sow contention! and what fatal effects may be expected from small beginnings of jealousy! 9. Omissions of duty, and in duty, are fatal to the soul, as well as commissions of sin. 10,11. The Divine power, made known in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, forms a strong tower for the believer, who relies on the Lord. How deceitful the defence of the rich man, who has his portion and treasure in this world! It is a strong city and a high wall only in his own conceit; for it will fail when most in need. They will be exposed to the just wrath of that Judge whom they despised as a Saviour. 12. After the heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall comes. But honour shall be the reward of humility. 13. Eagerness, with self-conceit, will expose to shame. 14. Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be? 15. We must get knowledge, not only into our heads, but into our hearts. 16. Blessed be the Lord, who makes us welcome to come to his throne, without money and without price. May his gifts make room for him in our souls.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - He also that is slothful (slack) in his work. A man that does his work in some sort, but not heartily and diligently, as one who knows that labour is not only a duty and necessity, but a means of sanctification, a training for a higher life. Is brother to him that is a great waster; a destroyer. "Brother" is used as "companion" in Proverbs 28:24 (comp. Job 30:29), for one of like attributes and tendencies; as we say, "next door to;" and the destroyer is, as Nowack says, not merely one who wastes his property by reckless expenditure, but one who delights in such destruction, finds a morbid pleasure in haves and ruin. So the maxim asserts that remissness in duty is as mischievous as actual destructiveness. "An idle brain," say the Italians, "is the devil's workshop." The word rendered "great" is baal (Proverbs 1:19), "owner," patrono (Montanus), domino (Vatablus); and, taking this sense, according to Wordsworth and others, the sentence implies that the servant who is slothful is brother to a master who is a prodigal. But the interpretation given above is best founded. The LXX., reading מתרפא instead of, מתרפה, renders, "He who healeth not (ὁ μὴ ἰώμενος) himself in his works is brother to him who destroyeth himself." Maxims concerning laziness are found in other places; e.g. Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 12:11, 24; Proverbs 23:21.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He also that is slothful in his work,.... Remiss in it; hangs down his hands, and does not care to make use of them, but neglects his business:

is brother to him that is a great waster: a prodigal man, who spends his substance in riotous living: the sluggard and the prodigal are brethren in iniquity; for, though they take different courses, they are both sinful, and issue in the same manner; both bring to poverty and want. Or, "brother to a master that wastes" (p); a slothful servant and a wasteful master are near akin, and come into the same class and circumstances. Jarchi interprets it,

"he that separateth from the law, though a disciple of a wise man, is a brother to Satan;''

whose name is Apollyon, the waster and destroyer. A man that is slothful in spiritual things, though a professor of religion, and has a place in the house of God, is brother to him that is a waster and persecutor of it; see Matthew 12:30.

(p) "domino devaststionis", Gejerus; "domino dissipanti", Mercerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. One by failing to get, the other by wasting wealth, grows poor.

waster—literally, "master of washing," a prodigal.

Proverbs 18:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness
8The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body. 9He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys. 10The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:4
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Proverbs 18:8
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.

Proverbs 28:24
Whoever robs their father or mother and says, "It's not wrong," is partner to one who destroys.
Treasury of Scripture

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Proverbs 23:20,21 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh…

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

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, …

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

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Proverbs 28:24 Whoever robs his father or his mother, and said, It is no transgression; …

Job 30:29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

Luke 15:13,14 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and …

Luke 16:1,2 And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, …

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