New International Version
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?
King James Bible
How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Darby Bible Translation
How long, sluggard, wilt thou lie down? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
World English Bible
How long will you sleep, sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep?
Young's Literal Translation
Till when, O slothful one, dost thou lie? When dost thou arise from thy sleep?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Go to the ant, thou sluggard - נמלה nemalah, the ant, is a remarkable creature for foresight, industry, and economy. At the proper seasons they collect their food - not in the summer to lay up for the winter; for they sleep during the winter, and eat not; and therefore such hoards would be to them useless; but when the food necessary for them is most plentiful, then they collect it for their consumption in the proper seasons. No insect is more laborious, not even the bee itself; and none is more fondly attached to or more careful of its young, than the ant. When the young are in their aurelia state, in which they appear like a small grain of rice, they will bring them out of their nests, and lay them near their holes, for the benefit of the sun; and on the approach of rain, carefully remove them, and deposit them in the nest, the hole or entrance to which they will cover with a piece of thin stone or tile, to prevent the wet from getting in. It is a fact that they do not lay up any meat for winter; nor does Solomon, either here or in Proverbs 30:25, assert it. He simply says that they provide their food in summer, and gather it in harvest; these are the most proper times for a stock to be laid in for their consumption; not in winter; for no such thing appears in any of their nests, nor do they need it, as they sleep during that season; but for autumn, during which they wake and work. Spring, summer, and autumn, they are incessant in their labor; and their conduct affords a bright example to men.
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A Sermon (No. 1017) Delivered on Lord's Day Morning, October 22nd, 1871 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "When thou awakest, it shall talk with thee."--Proverbs 6:22. It is a very happy circumstance when the commandment of our father and the law of our mother are also the commandment of God and the law of the Lord. Happy are they who have a double force to draw them to the right--the bonds of nature, and the cords of grace. They sin with a vengeance who sin both against …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
How Sowers of Strifes and Peacemakers are to be Admonished.
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--
Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
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