Proverbs 16:26
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New International Version
The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.

King James Bible
He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

Darby Bible Translation
The appetite of the labourer laboureth for him, for his mouth urgeth him on.

World English Bible
The appetite of the laboring man labors for him; for his mouth urges him on.

Young's Literal Translation
A labouring man hath laboured for himself, For his mouth hath caused him to bend over it.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He that laboureth - No thanks to a man for his labor and industry; if he do not work he must starve.

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Proverbs 9:12 If you be wise, you shall be wise for yourself: but if you scorn, you alone shall bear it.

Proverbs 14:23 In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tends only to penury.

Ecclesiastes 6:7 All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

1 Thessalonians 4:11,12 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you...

2 Thessalonians 3:8-12 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but worked with labor and travail night and day...

craveth it of him boweth unto him

April 27. "The Sweetness of the Lips" (Prov. xvi. 21).
"The sweetness of the lips" (Prov. xvi. 21). Spiritual conditions are inseparably connected with our physical life. The flow of the divine life-currents may be interrupted by a little clot of blood; the vital current may leak out through a very trifling wound. If you want to keep the health of Christ, keep from all spiritual sores, from all heart wounds and irritations. One hour of fretting will wear out more vitality than a week of work; and one minute of malignity, or rankling jealousy or envy
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

What I Think of Myself and what God Thinks of Me
'All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.'--PROVERBS xvi. 2. 'All the ways of a man'--then there is no such thing as being conscious of having gone wrong, and having got into miry and foul ways? Of course there is; and equally of course a broad statement such as this of my text is not to be pressed into literal accuracy, but is a simple, general assertion of what we all know to be true, that we have a strange power of blinding ourselves as to what is wrong
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Abandonment to God --Its Fruit and Its Irrevocability --In what it Consists --God Exhorts us to It.
It is here that true abandonment and consecration to God should commence, by our being deeply convinced that all which happens to us moment by moment is the will of God, and therefore all that is necessary to us. This conviction will render us contented with everything, and will make us see the commonest events in God, and not in the creature. I beg of you, whoever you may be, who are desirous of giving yourselves to God, not to take yourselves back when once you are given to Him, and to remember
Jeanne Marie Bouvières—A Short Method Of Prayer And Spiritual Torrents

The Providence of God
Q-11: WHAT ARE GOD'S WORKS OF PROVIDENCE? A: God's works of providence are the acts of his most holy, wise, and powerful government of his creatures, and of their actions. Of the work of God's providence Christ says, My Father worketh hitherto and I work.' John 5:17. God has rested from the works of creation, he does not create any new species of things. He rested from all his works;' Gen 2:2; and therefore it must needs be meant of his works of providence: My Father worketh and I work.' His kingdom
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Proverbs 16:25
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

Proverbs 16:27
A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.

Ecclesiastes 6:7
Everyone's toil is for their mouth, yet their appetite is never satisfied.

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