Proverbs 12:24
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New American Standard Bible
The hand of the diligent will rule, But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.

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

Darby Bible Translation
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; but the slothful hand shall be under tribute.

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.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Under tribute - The comparison is probably suggested by the contrast between the condition of a conquered race (compare Joshua 16:10; Judges 1:30-33), and that of the freedom of their conquerors from such burdens. The proverb indicates that beyond all political divisions of this nature there lies an ethical law. The "slothful" descend inevitably to pauperism and servitude. The prominence of compulsory labor under Solomon 1 Kings 9:21 gives a special significance to the illustration.

Proverbs 12:24 Parallel Commentaries

To Pastors and Teachers
To Pastors and Teachers If all who laboured for the conversion of others were to introduce them immediately into Prayer and the Interior Life, and make it their main design to gain and win over the heart, numberless as well as permanent conversions would certainly ensue. On the contrary, few and transient fruits must attend that labour which is confined to outward matters; such as burdening the disciple with a thousand precepts for external exercises, instead of leaving the soul to Christ by the
Madame Guyon—A Short and Easy Method of Prayer

The Authority and Utility of the Scriptures
2 Tim. iii. 16.--"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." We told you that there was nothing more necessary to know than what our end is, and what the way is that leads to that end. We see the most part of men walking at random,--running an uncertain race,--because they do not propose unto themselves a certain scope to aim at, and whither to direct their whole course. According to men's particular
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Cross References
Genesis 49:15
"When he saw that a resting place was good And that the land was pleasant, He bowed his shoulder to bear burdens, And became a slave at forced labor.

Judges 1:28
It came about when Israel became strong, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but they did not drive them out completely.

1 Kings 9:21
their descendants who were left after them in the land whom the sons of Israel were unable to destroy utterly, from them Solomon levied forced laborers, even to this day.

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