Proverbs 24:33
New International Version
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--

New Living Translation
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--

English Standard Version
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

Berean Study Bible
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

New American Standard Bible
"A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest,"

King James Bible
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Christian Standard Bible
a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest,

Contemporary English Version
Sleep a little. Doze a little. Fold your hands and twiddle your thumbs.

Good News Translation
Go ahead and take your nap; go ahead and sleep. Fold your hands and rest awhile,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest,

International Standard Version
"A little sleep! A little slumber! A little folding of my hands to rest!"

NET Bible
"A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to relax,

New Heart English Bible
a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if you slumber a little and sleep a little, and for a little you put your hand upon your chest

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Just a little sleep, just a little slumber, just a little nap."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep'--

New American Standard 1977
“A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest,”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

King James 2000 Bible
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

American King James Version
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

American Standard Version
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The sluggard says,I slumber a little, and I sleep a little, and for a little while I fold my arms across my breast.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou wilt sleep a little, said I, thou wilt slumber a little, thou wilt fold thy hands a little to rest:

Darby Bible Translation
-- A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest!

English Revised Version
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

World English Bible
a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep;

Young's Literal Translation
A little sleep -- a little slumber -- A little folding of the hands to lie down.
Study Bible
Further Sayings of the Wise
32I observed and took it to heart; I looked and received instruction: 33A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 34and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and need like a bandit.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:10
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

Proverbs 19:15
Laziness brings on deep sleep, and an idle soul will suffer hunger.

Proverbs 20:13
Do not love sleep, or you will grow poor; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of food.

Proverbs 24:32
I observed and took it to heart; I looked and received instruction:

Proverbs 24:34
and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and need like a bandit.

Ecclesiastes 4:5
The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh.

Treasury of Scripture

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Proverbs 6:4-11
Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids…

Romans 13:11
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Ephesians 5:14
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.







Lexicon
A little
מְעַ֣ט (mə·‘aṭ)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4592: A little, fewness, a few

sleep,
שֵׁ֭נוֹת (nō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8142: Sleep

a little
מְעַ֣ט (mə·‘aṭ)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4592: A little, fewness, a few

slumber,
תְּנוּמ֑וֹת (tə·nū·mō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8572: Drowsiness, sleep

a little
מְעַ֓ט ׀ (mə·‘aṭ)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4592: A little, fewness, a few

folding
חִבֻּ֖ק (ḥib·buq)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2264: A clasping, folding (of the hands)

of the hands
יָדַ֣יִם (yā·ḏa·yim)
Noun - fd
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

to rest,
לִשְׁכָּֽב׃ (liš·kāḇ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7901: To lie down
Verses 33, 34. - These verses are a repetition, with very slight variations, of Proverbs 6:10, 11 (where see notes), and possibly have been introduced here by a later editor. Ver. 33 seems to be the sluggard's own words; Ver. 34 shows the result of his sloth. There are numberless proverbs dedicated to this subject in all languages; e.g., "No sweat, no sweet;" "No pains, no gains; .... He that wad eat the kernel maun crack the nut;" "A punadas entran las buenas hadas," "Good luck enters by dint of cuffs" (Spanish); "Nihil agendo male agere discimus; .... The dog in the kennel," say the Chinese. "barks at his fleas; the dog that hunts does not feel them" (Kelly). "Sloth and much sleep," say the Arabs, "remove from God and bring on poverty." The LXX. is somewhat dramatic in its rendering: "Afterwards I repented (μετενόησα), I looked that I might receive instruction. 'I slumber a little, I sleep a little, for a little I clasp (ἐναγκαλίζομαι) my hands across my breast.' But if thou do this, thy poverty will come advancing, and thy want like a good runner (ἀγαθὸς δρομεύς)" The word ἐναγκαλίζομαι occurs in Proverbs 6:10, but nowhere else in the Septuagint. It is used by St. Mark (Mark 9:36; Mark 10:16). It has been thought that the original mashal ended with Ver. 32, the following passage being added by a scribe as illustrative in a marginal note, which afterwards crept into the text.



24:30-34. See what a blessing the husbandman's calling is, and what a wilderness this earth would be without it. See what great difference there is in the management even of worldly affairs. Sloth and self-indulgence are the bane of all good. When we see fields overgrown with thorns and thistles, and the fences broken down, we see an emblem of the far more deplorable state of many souls. Every vile affection grows in men's hearts; yet they compose themselves to sleep. Let us show wisdom by doubling our diligence in every good thing.
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