Proverbs 20:13
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New International Version
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

King James Bible
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Darby Bible Translation
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

World English Bible
Don't love sleep, lest you come to poverty. Open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.

Young's Literal Translation
Love not sleep, lest thou become poor, Open thine eyes -- be satisfied with bread.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty - Sleep, indescribable in its nature, is an indescribable blessing; but how often is it turned into a curse! It is like food; a certain measure of it restores and invigorates exhausted nature; more than that oppresses and destroys life. A lover of sleep is a paltry, insignificant character.

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Proverbs 6:9-11 How long will you sleep, O sluggard? when will you arise out of your sleep...

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

Proverbs 12:11 He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that follows vain persons is void of understanding.

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

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

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

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

2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

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John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

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Bread and Gravel
'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Sluggard's Reproof
A Sermon (No. 2766) intended for reading on Lord's Day, February 16, 1902 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark on a Thursday Evening, during the Winter of 1859. "The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing." {cold: or, winter}-- Proverbs 20:4. Laziness is the crying sin of Eastern nations. I believe that the peculiar genius of the Anglo-Saxon character prevents our being, as a nation, guilty of that sin. Perhaps
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Tears of the Penitent.
Adversity had taught David self-restraint, had braced his soul, had driven him to grasp firmly the hand of God. And prosperity had seemed for nearly twenty years but to perfect the lessons. Gratitude had followed deliverance, and the sunshine after the rain had brought out the fragrance of devotion and the blossoms of glad songs. A good man, and still more a man of David's age at the date of his great crime, seldom falls so low, unless there has been previous, perhaps unconscious, relaxation of the
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 16.) Differently to be admonished are the slothful and the hasty. For the former are to be persuaded not to lose, by putting it off, the good they have to do; but the latter are to be admonished lest, while they forestall the time of good deeds by inconsiderate haste, they change their meritorious character. To the slothful therefore it is to be intimated, that often, when we will not do at the right time what we can, before long, when we will, we cannot. For the very indolence of
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Cross References
Proverbs 6:9
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?

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 20:14
"It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer-- then goes off and boasts about the purchase.

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

Proverbs 28:19
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

Proverbs 31:15
She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.

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