Proverbs 18:9
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English Standard Version
Whoever is slack in his work is a 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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The group beginning with Proverbs 18:3 terminates in two proverbs (Proverbs 18:6 and Proverbs 18:7), related to the concluding verse of the foregoing:

3 If a godless man cometh, then cometh also contempt;

   And together with disgrace, shame.

J. D. Michaelis, and the most of modern critics, read רשׁע; then, contempt etc., are to be thought of as the consequences that follow godlessness; for that קלון means (Hitzig) disgracefulness, i.e., disgraceful conduct, is destitute of proof; קלון always means disgrace as an experience. But not only does the Masoretic text punctuate רשׁע, but also all the old translators, the Greek, Aramaic, and Latin, have done so. And is it on this account, because a coming naturally seems to be spoken of a person? The "pride cometh, then cometh shame," Proverbs 11:2, was in their recollection not less firmly, perhaps, than in ours. They read רשׁע, because בוּז does not fittingly designate the first of that which godlessness effects, but perhaps the first of that which proceeds from it. Therefore we adhere to the opinion, that the proverb names the fiends which appear in the company of the godless wherever he goes, viz., first בוז, contempt (Psalm 31:19), which places itself haughtily above all due subordination, and reverence, and forbearance; and then, with the disgrace [turpitudo], קלון, which attaches itself to those who meddle with him (Isaiah 22:18), there is united the shame, הרפּה (Psalm 39:9), which he has to suffer from him who has only always expected something better from him. Fleischer understands all the three words in the passive sense, and remarks, "עם־קלון חרפה, a more artificial expression for קלון וחרפה, in the Turkish quite common for the copula wāw, e.g., swylh ṭbrâk, earth and water, 'wrtylh âr, the man and the woman." But then the expression would be tautological; we understand בוז and חרפה of that which the godless does to others by his words, and קלון of that which he does to them by his conduct. By this interpretation, עם is more than the representative of the copula.

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that is slothful

Proverbs 10:4 He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

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 void of understanding...

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I sowed not...

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

Hebrews 6:12 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

is brother

Proverbs 28:24 Whoever robs his father or his mother, and said, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

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 took his journey into a far country...

Luke 16:1,2 And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward...

Cross References
Proverbs 10:4
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 18:8
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Proverbs 28:24
Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, "That is no transgression," is a companion to a man who destroys.

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