Proverbs 20:13
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New International Version
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

New Living Translation
If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!

English Standard Version
Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

New American Standard Bible
Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.

King James Bible
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't love sleep, or you will become poor; open your eyes, and you'll have enough to eat."

International Standard Version
Do not love sleep or you'll become poor, keep your eyes open and you'll have plenty of food.

NET Bible
Do not love sleep, lest you become impoverished; open your eyes so that you might be satisfied with food.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not love sleep, lest you become poor, but open your eyes and be satisfied with bread.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not love sleep or you will end up poor. Keep your eyes open, and you will have plenty to eat.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not love sleep lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

King James 2000 Bible
Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.

American King James Version
Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.

American Standard Version
Love not sleep, let thou come to poverty; Open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Love not sleep, lest poverty oppress thee: open thy eyes, and be filled with bread.

Darby Bible Translation
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

English Revised Version
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Webster's Bible Translation
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thy eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

World English Bible
Don't love sleep, lest you come to poverty. Open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.

Young's Literal Translation
Love not sleep, lest thou become poor, Open thine eyes -- be satisfied with bread.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:7. A good man is not liable to uneasiness in contriving what he shall do, or in reflecting on what he has done, as those who walk in deceit. And his family fare better for his sake. 8. If great men are good men, they may do much good, and prevent very much evil. 9. Some can say, Through grace, we are cleaner than we have been; but it was the work of the Holy Spirit. 10. See the various deceits men use, of which the love of money is the root. The Lord will not bless what is thus gotten. 11. Parents should observe their children, that they may manage them accordingly. 12. All our powers and faculties are from God, and are to be employed for him. 13. Those that indulge themselves, may expect to want necessaries, which should have been gotten by honest labour. 14. Men use arts to get a good bargain, and to buy cheap; whereas a man ought to be ashamed of a fraud and a lie. 15. He that prefers true knowledge to riches, follows the ways of religion and happiness. If we really believed this truth, the word of God would be valued as it deserves, and the world would lose its tempting influence. 16. Those ruin themselves who entangle themselves in rash suretiship. Also those who are in league with abandoned women. Place no confidence in either. 17. Wealth gotten by fraud may be sweet, for the carnal mind takes pleasure in the success of wicked devices; but it will be bitter in the reflection. 18. Especially we need advice in spiritual warfare. The word and Spirit of God are the best counsellors in every point. 19. Those dearly buy their own praise, who put confidence in a man because he speaks fairly. 20. An undutiful child will become very miserable. Never let him expect any peace or comfort. 21. An estate suddenly raised, is often as suddenly ruined. 22. Wait on the Lord, attend his pleasure, and he will protect thee.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Love not sleep lest thou come to poverty (see Proverbs 6:9, etc.). The fate of the sluggard is handled again in Proverbs 23:21, as often before; e.g. Proverbs 12:11; Proverbs 19:15. The LXX., taking שֵׁנָה (shenah), "sleep," as perhaps connected with the verb שְׁנָה (shanah), translate, "Love not to rail, that thou be not exalted (ἵνα μὴ ἐξαρωῇς)," i.e. probably, "Do not calumniate others in order to raise yourself;" others translate, "lest thou be cut off." Open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satired with bread. These words seem to connect this clause with ver. 12. God gives the faculty, but man must make due use thereof. The gnomist urges, "Do not slumber at your post, or sit downwardly waiting; but be up and doing, be wakeful and diligent, and then you shall prosper."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty,.... Sleep is a very great natural blessing; it is a gift of God, what nature requires, and is desirable; it is to be loved, though not immoderately; it is sweet to a man, and what he should be thankful for; yet should not indulge himself in to the neglect of the proper business of life; nor to be used but at the proper time for it; for the eye is made for sight, and not for sleep only, as Aben Ezra observes, connecting the words with the preceding; and therefore should not be kept shut and inattentive to business, which must necessarily end in poverty and want; see Proverbs 6:9; and so spiritual sleep and slothfulness bring on a spiritual poverty in the souls of men, both as to the exercise of grace and the performance of duty;

open thine eyes, and thou shall be satisfied with bread; that is, open thine eyes from sleep, awake and keep so, and be sedulous and industrious in the business of thy calling; so shalt thou have a sufficiency of food for thyself and family; see Proverbs 12:11. It may be applied to awaking out of sleep in a spiritual sense, and to a diligent attendance to duty and the use of means, whereby the souls of men come to be satisfied with the goodness of the Lord, and the fatness of his house; see Ephesians 5:14.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. Activity and diligence contrasted with sloth (Pr 6:9; 10:11).

lest … poverty—literally, "be deprived of inheritance."

Proverbs 20:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wine is a Mocker
12The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made both of them. 13Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food. 14"Bad, bad," says the buyer, But when he goes his way, then he boasts.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:9
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?

Proverbs 6:10
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--

Proverbs 19:15
Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.

Proverbs 20:14
"It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer-- then goes off and boasts about the purchase.

Proverbs 24:33
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--

Proverbs 28:19
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

Proverbs 31:15
She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
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Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.

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Proverbs 6:9-11 How long will you sleep, O sluggard? when will you arise out of your sleep…

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

Proverbs 12:11 He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that …

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

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

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

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

2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any …

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John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out …

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge …

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ …

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