Proverbs 10:4
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New International Version
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.

King James Bible
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

Darby Bible Translation
He cometh to want that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

World English Bible
He becomes poor who works with a lazy hand, but the hand of the diligent brings wealth.

Young's Literal Translation
Poor is he who is working -- a slothful hand, And the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He becometh poor - God has ordered, in the course of his providence, that he who will not work shall not eat. And he always blesses the work of the industrious man.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

becometh

Proverbs 6:6-11 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise...

Proverbs 11:24 There is that scatters, and yet increases; and there is that withholds more than is meet, but it tends to poverty.

Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

Proverbs 19:15,24 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger...

Proverbs 20:4,13 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing...

Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding...

Ecclesiastes 10:18 By much slothfulness the building decays; and through idleness of the hands the house drops through.

John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you...

Hebrews 6:11,12 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope to the end...

2 Peter 1:5-10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge...

with a slack hand

Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Proverbs 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord...

Library
The Two-Fold Aspect of the Divine Working
'The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.'--PROVERBS x. 29. You observe that the words 'shall be,' in the last clause, are a supplement. They are quite unnecessary, and in fact they rather hinder the sense. They destroy the completeness of the antithesis between the two halves of the verse. If you leave them out, and suppose that the 'way of the Lord' is what is spoken of in both clauses, you get a far deeper and fuller meaning. 'The way
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Sanctions of Moral Law, Natural and Governmental.
In the discussion of this subject, I shall show-- I. What constitute the sanctions of law. 1. The sanctions of law are the motives to obedience, the natural and the governmental consequences or results of obedience and of disobedience. 2. They are remuneratory, that is, they promise reward to obedience. 3. They are vindicatory, that is, they threaten the disobedient with punishment. 4. They are natural, that is, happiness is to some extent naturally connected with, and the necessary consequence of,
Charles Grandison Finney—Systematic Theology

How the Simple and the Crafty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 12.) Differently to be admonished are the simple and the insincere. The simple are to be praised for studying never to say what is false, but to be admonished to know how sometimes to be silent about what is true. For, as falsehood has always harmed him that speaks it, so sometimes the hearing of truth has done harm to some. Wherefore the Lord before His disciples, tempering His speech with silence, says, I have many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now (Joh. xvi. 12).
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Letter xv (Circa A. D. 1129) to Alvisus, Abbot of Anchin
To Alvisus, Abbot of Anchin He praises the fatherly gentleness of Alvisus towards Godwin. He excuses himself, and asks pardon for having admitted him. To Alvisus, Abbot of Anchin. [18] 1. May God render to you the same mercy which you have shown towards your holy son Godwin. I know that at the news of his death you showed yourself unmindful of old complaints, and remembering only your friendship for him, behaved with kindness, not resentment, and putting aside the character of judge, showed yourself
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

Cross References
Proverbs 10:5
He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

Proverbs 12:27
The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.

Proverbs 13:4
A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

Proverbs 18:9
One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.

Proverbs 21:5
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

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