New International Version
The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.
King James Bible
The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
Darby Bible Translation
The slothful roasteth not what he took in hunting; but man's precious substance is to the diligent.
World English Bible
The slothful man doesn't roast his game, but the possessions of diligent men are prized.
Young's Literal Translation
The slothful roasteth not his hunting, And the wealth of a diligent man is precious.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting - Because he is a slothful man, he does not hunt for prey; therefore gets none, and cannot roast, that he may eat. There is some obscurity in the original on which the versions cast little light. Coverdale translates the whole verse thus: "A discreatfull man schal fynde no vauntage: but he that is content with what he hath, is more worth than golde." My old MS. Bible: The gylful man schal not fynd wynnynge: and the substance of a man schal ben the pris of gold.
By translating hymr remiyah the deceitful, instead of the slothful man, which appears to be the genuine meaning of the word, we may obtain a good sense, as the Vulgate has done: "The deceitful man shall not find gain; but the substance of a (just) man shall be the price of gold." But our common version, allowing hymr remiyah to be translated fraudulent, which is its proper meaning, gives the best sense: "The fraudulent man roasteth not that which he took in hunting," the justice of God snatching from his mouth what he had acquired unrighteously.
But the substance of a diligent man - One who by honest industry acquires all his property - is precious, because it has the blessing of God in it.
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'Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3. A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie …
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