Ecclesiastes 10:18
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English Standard Version
Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks.

King James Bible
By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

American Standard Version
By slothfulness the roof sinketh in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaketh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
By slothfulness a building shall be brought down, and through the weakness of hands, the house shall drop through.

English Revised Version
By slothfulness the roof sinketh in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaketh.

Webster's Bible Translation
By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"The words of a wise man's mouth are grace; but the lips of a fool swallow him up." The words from a wise man's mouth are חן, graciousness, i.e., gracious in their contents, their form and manner of utterance, and thus also they gain favour, affection, approbation, for culture (education) produces favour, Proverbs 13:15, and its lips grace (pleasantness), which has so wide an influence that he can call a king his friend, Proverbs 22:11, although, according to Ecclesiastes 9:11, that does not always so happen as is to be expected. The lips of a fool, on the contrary, swallow him, i.e., lead him to destruction. The Pih. בּלּע, which at Proverbs 19:28 means to swallow down, and at Proverbs 21:20 to swallow equals to consume in luxury, to spend dissolutely, has here the metaphorical meaning of to destroy, to take out of the way (for that which is swallowed up disappears). שׂפתות is parallel form to שׂפתי, like the Aram. ספות. The construction is, as at Proverbs 14:3, "the lips of the wise תשׁם preserve them;" the idea of unity, in the conception of the lips as an instrument of speech, prevails over the idea of plurality. The words of the wise are heart-winning, and those of the fool self-destructive. This is verified in the following verse.

Ecclesiastes 10:18 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman builds her house: but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.

Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

Proverbs 21:25 The desire of the slothful kills him; for his hands refuse to labor.

Proverbs 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

Proverbs 24:30,31 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding...

Hebrews 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope to the end:

2 Peter 1:5-10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge...

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