Proverbs 18:9
New International Version
One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.

New Living Translation
A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.

English Standard Version
Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

Berean Study Bible
Whoever is slothful in his work is brother to him who destroys.

New American Standard Bible
He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.

King James Bible
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who is lazy in his work is brother to a vandal.

Contemporary English Version
Being lazy is no different from being a troublemaker.

Good News Translation
A lazy person is as bad as someone who is destructive.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who is truly lazy in his work is brother to a vandal.

International Standard Version
Whoever is lazy regarding his work is also a brother to the master of destruction.

NET Bible
The one who is slack in his work is a brother to one who destroys.

New Heart English Bible
One who is slack in his work is brother to him who is a master of destruction.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he whose hands are slack in his work is brother of the man who is a destroyer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever is lazy in his work is related to a vandal.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Even one that is slack in his work Is brother to him that is a destroyer.

New American Standard 1977
He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He also that is negligent in his work is brother to him that is the great spendthrift.

King James 2000 Bible
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

American King James Version
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

American Standard Version
He also that is slack in his work Is brother to him that is a destroyer.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A man who helps not himself by his labour is brother of him that ruins himself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is loose and slack in his work, is the brother of him that wasteth his own works.

Darby Bible Translation
He also who is indolent in his work is brother of the destroyer.

English Revised Version
He also that is slack in his work is brother to him that is a destroyer.

Webster's Bible Translation
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

World English Bible
One who is slack in his work is brother to him who is a master of destruction.

Young's Literal Translation
He also that is remiss in his work, A brother he is to a destroyer.
Study Bible
The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
8A gossip’s words are like choice morsels, and they sink into the inmost being. 9Whoever is slothful in his work is brother to him who destroys. 10The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:4
Idle hands make one poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Proverbs 18:8
A gossip's words are like choice morsels, and they sink into the inmost being.

Proverbs 28:24
He who robs his father or mother, saying, "It is not wrong," is a companion to a man who destroys.

Treasury of Scripture

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

that is slothful

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

Proverbs 23:20,21
Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: …

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

is brother

Proverbs 28:24
Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

Job 30:29
I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

Luke 15:13,14
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living…







Lexicon
Whoever
גַּ֭ם (gam)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

is slothful
מִתְרַפֶּ֣ה (miṯ·rap·peh)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7503: Sink, relax

in his work
בִמְלַאכְתּ֑וֹ (ḇim·laḵ·tōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4399: Deputyship, ministry, employment, work, property

is brother
אָ֥ח (’āḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 251: A brother, )

to him
לְבַ֣עַל (lə·ḇa·‘al)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1167: A master, a husband, owner

who destroys.
מַשְׁחִֽית׃ (maš·ḥîṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7843: Perhaps to go to ruin
(9) He also that is slothful in his work.--Whatsoever it may be that is committed to his care, is "brother to him that is a great waster," or "destroyer "; neglect of duty causes almost as much mischief in life as active wickedness.

Verse 9. - He also that is slothful (slack) in his work. A man that does his work in some sort, but not heartily and diligently, as one who knows that labour is not only a duty and necessity, but a means of sanctification, a training for a higher life. Is brother to him that is a great waster; a destroyer. "Brother" is used as "companion" in Proverbs 28:24 (comp. Job 30:29), for one of like attributes and tendencies; as we say, "next door to;" and the destroyer is, as Nowack says, not merely one who wastes his property by reckless expenditure, but one who delights in such destruction, finds a morbid pleasure in haves and ruin. So the maxim asserts that remissness in duty is as mischievous as actual destructiveness. "An idle brain," say the Italians, "is the devil's workshop." The word rendered "great" is baal (Proverbs 1:19), "owner," patrono (Montanus), domino (Vatablus); and, taking this sense, according to Wordsworth and others, the sentence implies that the servant who is slothful is brother to a master who is a prodigal. But the interpretation given above is best founded. The LXX., reading מתרפא instead of, מתרפה, renders, "He who healeth not (ὁ μὴ ἰώμενος) himself in his works is brother to him who destroyeth himself." Maxims concerning laziness are found in other places; e.g. Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 12:11, 24; Proverbs 23:21. 18:4. The well-spring of wisdom in the heart of a believer, continually supplies words of wisdom. 5. The merits of a cause must be looked to, not the person. 6,7. What mischief bad men do to themselves by their ungoverned tongues! 8. How base are those that sow contention! and what fatal effects may be expected from small beginnings of jealousy! 9. Omissions of duty, and in duty, are fatal to the soul, as well as commissions of sin. 10,11. The Divine power, made known in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, forms a strong tower for the believer, who relies on the Lord. How deceitful the defence of the rich man, who has his portion and treasure in this world! It is a strong city and a high wall only in his own conceit; for it will fail when most in need. They will be exposed to the just wrath of that Judge whom they despised as a Saviour. 12. After the heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall comes. But honour shall be the reward of humility. 13. Eagerness, with self-conceit, will expose to shame. 14. Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be? 15. We must get knowledge, not only into our heads, but into our hearts. 16. Blessed be the Lord, who makes us welcome to come to his throne, without money and without price. May his gifts make room for him in our souls.
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