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.

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

New King James Version
He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.

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

NASB 1995
He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.

NASB 1977
He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.

Amplified Bible
He who is careless in his work Is a brother to him who destroys.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
He also that is remiss in his work, He [is] a brother to a destroyer.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
8The words of a gossip are like choice morsels that go down 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
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels that go down into the inmost being.

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









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

who destroys.
מַשְׁחִֽית׃ (maš·ḥîṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7843: Perhaps to go to ruin


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