New International Version
Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.
King James Bible
By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
Darby Bible Translation
By much sloth fulness the framework falleth in; and through idleness of the hands the house drippeth.
World English Bible
By slothfulness the roof sinks in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaks.
Young's Literal Translation
By slothfulness is the wall brought low, And by idleness of the hands doth the house drop.
Ecclesiastes 10:18 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
By much slothfulness - This is remarkably the case in some countries. Houses are not repaired till they almost fall about the ears of the inhabitants. We have an adage that applies to all such cases: "A stitch in time saves nine."
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'The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.'--ECCLES. x. 15. On the surface this seems to be merely a piece of homely, practical sagacity, conjoined with one of the bitter things which Ecclesiastes is fond of saying about those whom he calls 'fools.' It seems to repeat, under another metaphor, the same idea which has been presented in a previous verse, where we read: 'If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners Or, a Brief Relation of the Exceeding Mercy of God in Christ, to his Poor Servant, John Bunyan
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.
I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
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