New International Version
Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
King James Bible
The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
Darby Bible Translation
The sluggard will not plough by reason of the winter; he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
World English Bible
The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
Young's Literal Translation
Because of winter the slothful plougheth not, He asketh in harvest, and there is nothing.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The sluggard will not plough - For other parts of this character, see the preceding chapter, Proverbs 19 (note). It is seldom that there is a season of very cold weather in Palestine; very cold days sometimes occur, with wind, rain, and sleet. They begin their ploughing in the latter end of September, and sow their early wheat by the middle of October. And this is often the case in England itself. The meaning of the proverb is: the slothful man, under the pretense of unfavorable weather, neglects cultivating his land till the proper time is elapsed.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryBread 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
The Tears of the Penitent.
How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.
The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
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