Proverbs 12:24
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New International Version
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.

King James Bible
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

Darby Bible Translation
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; but the slothful [hand] shall be under tribute.

World English Bible
The hands of the diligent ones shall rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.

Young's Literal Translation
The hand of the diligent ruleth, And slothfulness becometh tributary.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule - And why? because by his own industry he is independent; and every such person is respected wherever found.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

hand

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

Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Proverbs 17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brothers.

Proverbs 22:29 See you a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

1 Kings 11:28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valor: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious...

1 Kings 12:20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him to the congregation...

but

Proverbs 12:27 The slothful man roasts not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

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

Proverbs 21:25,26 The desire of the slothful kills him; for his hands refuse to labor...

Proverbs 22:13 The slothful man said, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

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

Proverbs 26:13-16 The slothful man said, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets...

slothful or deceitful

Library
The Many-Sided Contrast of Wisdom and Folly
'Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3. A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Having Confidence in God when Evil Words are Cast at Us
"My Son, stand fast and believe in Me. For what are words but words? They fly through the air, but they bruise no stone. If thou are guilty, think how thou wouldst gladly amend thyself; if thou knowest nothing against thyself, consider that thou wilt gladly bear this for God's sake. It is little enough that thou sometimes hast to bear hard words, for thou art not yet able to bear hard blows. And wherefore do such trivial matters go to thine heart, except that thou art yet carnal, and regardest
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Cross References
Genesis 49:15
When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor.

Judges 1:28
When Israel became strong, they pressed the Canaanites into forced labor but never drove them out completely.

1 Kings 9:21
Solomon conscripted the descendants of all these peoples remaining in the land--whom the Israelites could not exterminate --to serve as slave labor, as it is to this day.

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