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

New Living Translation
Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

English Standard Version
The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

Berean Study Bible
The hand of the diligent 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.

New King James Version
The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.

New American Standard Bible
The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy hand will be put to forced labor.

NASB 1995
The hand of the diligent will rule, But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.

NASB 1977
The hand of the diligent will rule, But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.

Amplified Bible
The hand of the diligent will rule, But the negligent and lazy will be put to forced labor.

Christian Standard Bible
The diligent hand will rule, but laziness will lead to forced labor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The diligent hand will rule, but laziness will lead to forced labor.

American Standard Version
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; But the slothful shall be put under taskwork.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The hand of the mighty will rule and the deceitful will be under tribute.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The hand of chosen men shall easily obtain rule; but the deceitful shall be for a prey.

Contemporary English Version
Work hard, and you will be a leader; be lazy, and you will end up a slave.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The hand of the valiant shall bear rule: but that which is slothful, shall be under tribute.

English Revised Version
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be put under taskwork.

Good News Translation
Hard work will give you power; being lazy will make you a slave.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Hard-working hands gain control, but lazy hands do slave labor.

International Standard Version
The diligent will take control, but the lazy will be put to forced labor.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; But the slothful shall be under tribute.

Literal Standard Version
The hand of the diligent rules, "" And slothfulness becomes tributary.

NET Bible
The diligent person will rule, but the slothful will become a slave.

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

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
23A shrewd man keeps his knowledge to himself, but a foolish heart proclaims its folly. 24The hand of the diligent will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor. 25Anxiety weighs down the heart of a man, but a good word cheers it up.…

Cross References
Genesis 49:15
He saw that his resting place was good and that his land was pleasant, so he bent his shoulder to the burden and submitted to labor as a servant.

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

1 Kings 9:21
their descendants who remained in the land, those whom the Israelites were unable to devote to destruction--Solomon conscripted these people to be forced laborers, as they are to this day.


Treasury of Scripture

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

hand

Proverbs 10:4
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

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

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

but

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

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

Proverbs 21:25,26
The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour…

slothful or deceitful









(24) Under tribute.--Like the descendants of the Amorites and other former inhabitants of Canaan, by whose forced labour Solomon executed his great works (1Kings 9:20-21). A Hebrew from poverty might be reduced to slavery (Lev. xxv, 39),

Verses 24-28 speak of the means of getting on in life. Verse 24. - The hand of the diligent shall bear rule (Proverbs 10:4). For "diligent" the Vulgate has fortium, "the strong and active;" Septuagint, ἐκλεκτῶν, "choice." Such men are sure to rise to the surface, and get the upper hand in a community, as the LXX. adds, "with facility," by a natural law. But the slothful (literally, slothfulness) shall be under tribute; or, reduced to compulsory service, like the Gibeonites in Joshua's time, and the Canaanites under Solomon (Joshua 9:21, 23; 1 Kings 9:21). So Proverbs 11:29, "The fool shall be slave to the wise;" and an Israelite reduced to poverty might be made a servant (Leviticus 25:39, 40). The LXX., taking the word in another sense, translates, "The crafty shall be for plunder;" i.e. they who think to succeed by fraud and trickery shall become the prey of those who are stronger than themselves.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The hand
יַד־ (yaḏ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 3027: A hand

of the diligent
חָרוּצִ֥ים (ḥā·rū·ṣîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 2742: Incised, incisive, a trench, gold, a threshing-sledge, determination, eager

will rule,
תִּמְשׁ֑וֹל (tim·šō·wl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 4910: To rule, have dominion, reign

but laziness
ו֝רְמִיָּ֗ה‪‬‪‬ (ū·rə·mî·yāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7423: Remissness, treachery

ends in
תִּהְיֶ֥ה (tih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

forced labor.
לָמַֽס׃ (lā·mas)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4522: Body of forced laborers, forced service, taskworkers, taskwork, serfdom


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