Proverbs 24:33
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English Standard Version
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:

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

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

Proverbs 24:33 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Warning against the establishing of a household where the previous conditions are wanting:

Set in order thy work without,

And make it ready for thyself beforehand in the fields, -

After that then mayest thou build thine house.

The interchange of בּחוּץ and בּשּׂדה shows that by מלאכת השּׂדה field-labour, 1 Chronicles 27:26, is meant. הכין, used of arrangement, procuring, here with מלאכה, signifies the setting in order of the word, viz., the cultivation of the field. In the parallel member, עתּדה, carrying also its object, in itself is admissible: make preparations (lxx, Syr.); but the punctuation עתּדהּ (Targ., Venet.; on the other hand, Jerome and Luther translate as if the words were ועתדה השּׂדה) is not worthy of being contended against: set it (the work) in the fields in readiness, i.e., on the one hand set forward the present necessary work, and on the other hand prepare for that which next follows; thus: do completely and circumspectly what thy calling as a husbandman requires of thee - then mayest thou go to the building and building up of thy house (vid., at Proverbs 24:3, Proverbs 14:1), to which not only the building and setting in order of a convenient dwelling, but also the bringing home of a housewife and the whole setting up of a household belongs; prosperity at home is conditioned by this - one fulfils his duty without in the fields actively and faithfully. One begins at the wrong end when he begins with the building of his house, which is much rather the result and goal of an intelligent discharge of duty within the sphere of one's calling. The perf., with ו after a date, such as אחר, עוד מעט, and the like, when things that will or should be done are spoken of, has the fut. signification of a perf. consec., Genesis 3:5; Exodus 16:6., Proverbs 17:4; Ewald, 344b.

Proverbs 24:33 Parallel Commentaries

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Proverbs 6:4-11 Give not sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your 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 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober...

Cross References
Proverbs 6:10
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

Proverbs 19:15
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.

Proverbs 20:13
Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

Proverbs 24:32
Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction.

Proverbs 24:34
and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

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

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