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

King James Bible
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

Darby Bible Translation
The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty, only to want.

World English Bible
The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit; and everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty.

Young's Literal Translation
The purposes of the diligent are only to advantage, And of every hasty one, only to want.

Proverbs 21:5 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A high look - The evidence of pride, self-conceit, and vanity. A proud heart, from which the high look, etc., come.

And the ploughing - נר ner, lucerna, the lamp, the prosperity and posterity of the wicked; is sin - it is evil in the seed, and evil in the root evil in the branch, and evil in the fruit. They are full of sin themselves, and what they do is sinful.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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

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

Proverbs 27:23-27 Be you diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds...

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good...

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...

of every

Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.

Proverbs 20:21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Proverbs 28:22 He that hastens to be rich has an evil eye, and considers not that poverty shall come on him.

Definition of Actual Grace
1. GENERAL NOTION OF GRACE.--The best way to arrive at a correct definition of actual grace is by the synthetic method. We therefore begin with the general notion of grace. Like "nature,"(3) grace (gratia, {GREEK SMALL LETTER CHI}{GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA WITH OXIA}{GREEK SMALL LETTER RHO}{GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA}{GREEK SMALL LETTER FINAL SIGMA}) is a word of wide reach, used in a great variety of senses. Habert(4) enumerates no less than fourteen; which, however, may be reduced to four. a) Subjectively,
Joseph Pohle—Grace, Actual and Habitual

How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 16.) Differently to be admonished are the slothful and the hasty. For the former are to be persuaded not to lose, by putting it off, the good they have to do; but the latter are to be admonished lest, while they forestall the time of good deeds by inconsiderate haste, they change their meritorious character. To the slothful therefore it is to be intimated, that often, when we will not do at the right time what we can, before long, when we will, we cannot. For the very indolence of
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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

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

Proverbs 19:2
Desire without knowledge is not good-- how much more will hasty feet miss the way!

Proverbs 28:22
The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.

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