Proverbs 24:33
Parallel Verses
New International Version
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--

New Living Translation
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--

English Standard Version
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

New American Standard Bible
"A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest,"

King James Bible
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest,

International Standard Version
"A little sleep! A little slumber! A little folding of my hands to rest!"

NET Bible
"A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to relax,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if you slumber a little and sleep a little, and for a little you put your hand upon your chest

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Just a little sleep, just a little slumber, just a little nap."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

King James 2000 Bible
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

American King James Version
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

American Standard Version
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou wilt sleep a little, said I, thou wilt slumber a little, thou wilt fold thy hands a little to rest:

Darby Bible Translation
-- A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest!

English Revised Version
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

World English Bible
a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep;

Young's Literal Translation
A little sleep -- a little slumber -- A little folding of the hands to lie down.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:30-34. See what a blessing the husbandman's calling is, and what a wilderness this earth would be without it. See what great difference there is in the management even of worldly affairs. Sloth and self-indulgence are the bane of all good. When we see fields overgrown with thorns and thistles, and the fences broken down, we see an emblem of the far more deplorable state of many souls. Every vile affection grows in men's hearts; yet they compose themselves to sleep. Let us show wisdom by doubling our diligence in every good thing.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 33, 34. - These verses are a repetition, with very slight variations, of Proverbs 6:10, 11 (where see notes), and possibly have been introduced here by a later editor. Ver. 33 seems to be the sluggard's own words; Ver. 34 shows the result of his sloth. There are numberless proverbs dedicated to this subject in all languages; e.g., "No sweat, no sweet;" "No pains, no gains; .... He that wad eat the kernel maun crack the nut;" "A punadas entran las buenas hadas," "Good luck enters by dint of cuffs" (Spanish); "Nihil agendo male agere discimus; .... The dog in the kennel," say the Chinese. "barks at his fleas; the dog that hunts does not feel them" (Kelly). "Sloth and much sleep," say the Arabs, "remove from God and bring on poverty." The LXX. is somewhat dramatic in its rendering: "Afterwards I repented (μετενόησα), I looked that I might receive instruction. 'I slumber a little, I sleep a little, for a little I clasp (ἐναγκαλίζομαι) my hands across my breast.' But if thou do this, thy poverty will come advancing, and thy want like a good runner (ἀγαθὸς δρομεύς)" The word ἐναγκαλίζομαι occurs in Proverbs 6:10, but nowhere else in the Septuagint. It is used by St. Mark (Mark 9:36; Mark 10:16). It has been thought that the original mashal ended with Ver. 32, the following passage being added by a scribe as illustrative in a marginal note, which afterwards crept into the text.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber,.... The sight of the field and vineyard of the slothful put Solomon in mind of an observation he had made before, which fitly describes the disposition and gesture of the sluggard, by which means his field and vineyard came to ruin; while he should be up and tilling his field and planting his vineyard, he is in his bed; and awaking, instead of rising, craves for and indulges himself in another little doze, and which he repeats again and again;

a little folding of the hands to sleep; which ought to have been employed another way; See Gill on Proverbs 6:10.



Proverbs 24:33 Additional Commentaries
Context
Further Sayings of the Wise
32When I saw, I reflected upon it; I looked, and received instruction. 33"A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest," 34Then your poverty will come as a robber And your want like an armed man.
Cross References
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 20:13
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

Proverbs 24:32
I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:

Proverbs 24:34
and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

Ecclesiastes 4:5
Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves.
Treasury of Scripture

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Proverbs 6:4-11 Give not sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids…

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

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

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober…

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