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

King James Bible
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Darby Bible Translation
He also who is indolent in his work is brother of the destroyer.

World English Bible
One who is slack in his work is brother to him who is a master of destruction.

Young's Literal Translation
He also that is remiss in his work, A brother he is to a destroyer.

Proverbs 18:9 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He also that is slothful - A slothful man neglects his work, and the materials go to ruin: the master, he destroys the materials. They are both destroyers.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that is slothful

Proverbs 10:4 He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 23:20,21 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh...

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

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I sowed not...

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Hebrews 6:12 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

is brother

Proverbs 28:24 Whoever robs his father or his mother, and said, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

Job 30:29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

Luke 15:13,14 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country...

Luke 16:1,2 And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward...

Two Fortresses
'The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 11. The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit'--PROVERBS xviii. 10,11. The mere reading of these two verses shows that, contrary to the usual rule in the Book of Proverbs, they have a bearing on each other. They are intended to suggest a very strong contrast, and that contrast is even more emphatic in the original than in our translation; because, as the margin of your Bibles
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Cause and Cure of a Wounded Spirit
A sermon (2494) intended for reading on Lord's Day, December 6th, 1896, delivered by C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington on Thursday Evening, April 16th, 1885. "The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?"--Proverbs 18:14. Every man sooner or later has some kind of infirmity to bear. It may be that his constitution from the very first will be inclined to certain disease and pains, or possibly he may in passing through life suffer from accident
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

"And if Christ be in You, the Body is Dead Because of Sin: but the Spirit is Life Because of Righteousness. "
Rom. viii. 10.--"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin: but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." "The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law," saith our apostle, 1 Cor. xv. 56. These two concur to make man mortal, and these two are the bitter ingredients of death. Sin procured it, and the law appointed it, and God hath seen to the exact execution of that law in all ages; for what man liveth and shall not taste of death? Two only escaped the common
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

The remarkable change which we have noticed in the views of Jewish authorities, from contempt to almost affectation of manual labour, could certainly not have been arbitrary. But as we fail to discover here any religious motive, we can only account for it on the score of altered political and social circumstances. So long as the people were, at least nominally, independent, and in possession of their own land, constant engagement in a trade would probably mark an inferior social stage, and imply
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
Proverbs 10:4
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Proverbs 18:8
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.

Proverbs 28:24
Whoever robs their father or mother and says, "It's not wrong," is partner to one who destroys.

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