Proverbs 6:10
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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 the hands to rest,

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You will slumber a little, and a little you will sleep, and for a little you will 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, thou wilt slumber a little, thou wilt fold thy hands a little to sleep:

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 clasping of the hands to rest,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:6-11 Diligence in business is every man's wisdom and duty; not so much that he may attain worldly wealth, as that he may not be a burden to others, or a scandal to the church. The ants are more diligent than slothful men. We may learn wisdom from the meanest insects, and be shamed by them. Habits of indolence and indulgence grow upon people. Thus life runs to waste; and poverty, though at first at a distance, gradually draws near, like a traveller; and when it arrives, is like an armed man, too strong to be resisted. All this may be applied to the concerns of our souls. How many love their sleep of sin, and their dreams of worldly happiness! Shall we not seek to awaken such? Shall we not give diligence to secure our own salvation?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Yet a Little sleep, etc. Is this the answer of the sluggard which the teacher takes up and repeats ironically, and in a tone of contempt? or is it the teacher's own language describing how the sluggard slides on insensibly to ruin? The Vulgate favours the latter view, "Thou shalt sleep a little, thou shalt slumber a little, thou shalt fold thy hands to sleep, and then," etc. Habits, as Aristotle in his 'Ethics' has shown, are the resultant of repeated acts, and habits entail consequences. So here the inspired teacher would have it learnt, from the example of the sluggard, that the self-indulgence which he craves leads on to a confirmed indolence, which in the end leaves him powerless. "Yet a little" is the phrase on the lips of every one who makes but a feeble resistance, and yields supinely to his darling vice.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber,.... Or, "little sleeps, little slumbers" (s). These are the words of the sluggard, in answer to the call of him to awake and arise, desiring he might not be disturbed, but be suffered to sleep on longer: there is a very beautiful climax or gradation in the words, aptly expressing the disposition and actions of a sluggard; he first desires a "few sleeps" more, some sound sleeps one after another; which is quite agreeable to his character: and if he cannot be allowed them, then he requests a "few slumbers" at least, some dozings, till he can get himself thoroughly awake; and if these cannot be granted, yet he prays however that this might be admitted,

a little folding of the hands to sleep; or, "to lie down" (t); a few tossings and tumblings upon the bed more, with his hands folded about his breast; a sleeping gesture, and the posture of sluggards. The Septuagint and Arabic versions render it, "a little thou wilt embrace the breast with the hands"; and the Syriac version, "and a little thou wilt put thine hand upon thy breast". The Jewish commentators understand this as a direction and command to sleep and slumber but little, since a little sleep is sufficient for nature; or otherwise poverty will come, &c. but the former sense is best.

(s) "parvis somnis, parvis dormitationibus", Pagninus; "pauculis somnis, pauculis dormitationibus", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. (t) "cubando", Junius & Tremellius; "cubare", Piscator; "ad cubandum", Cocceius.



Proverbs 6:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Warnings against Foolishness
9How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? 10"A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest "-- 11Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:9
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?

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 23:21
for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

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

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 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Proverbs 23:33,34 Your eyes shall behold strange women, and your heart shall utter …

Proverbs 24:33,34 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep…

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