Proverbs 6:10
New International Version
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—

New Living Translation
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—

English Standard Version
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

Berean Study Bible
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

King James Bible
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

New King James Version
A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep—

New American Standard Bible
“A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest,”

NASB 1995
“A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest “—

NASB 1977
“A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest”—

Amplified Bible
“Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to lie down and rest”—

Christian Standard Bible
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest,

American Standard Version
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You will slumber a little, and a little you will sleep, and for a little you will put your hand upon your chest.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou sleepest a little, and thou restest a little, and thou slumberest a short time, and thou foldest thine arms over thy breast a little.

Contemporary English Version
Sleep a little. Doze a little. Fold your hands and twiddle your thumbs.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou wilt sleep a little, thou wilt slumber a little, thou wilt fold thy hands a little to sleep:

English Revised Version
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Good News Translation
"I'll just take a short nap," he says; "I'll fold my hands and rest a while."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Just a little sleep, just a little slumber, just a little nap."

International Standard Version
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep'--

Literal Standard Version
A little sleep, a little slumber, A little clasping of the hands to rest,

NET Bible
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to relax,

New Heart English Bible
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

World English Bible
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Young's Literal Translation
A little sleep, a little slumber, A little clasping of the hands to rest,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Warnings Against Foolishness
9How long will you lie there, O slacker? When will you get up from your sleep? 10A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 11and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and need like a bandit.…

Cross References
Proverbs 6:9
How long will you lie there, O slacker? When will you get up from your sleep?

Proverbs 19:15
Laziness brings on deep sleep, and an idle soul will suffer hunger.

Proverbs 20:13
Do not love sleep, or you will grow poor; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of food.

Proverbs 23:21
For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe them in rags.

Proverbs 24:33
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

Ecclesiastes 4:5
The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh.


Treasury of Scripture

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Proverbs 23:33,34
Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things…

Proverbs 24:33,34
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: …









Verse 10. - Yet a Little sleep, etc. Is this the answer of the sluggard which the teacher takes up and repeats ironically, and in a tone of contempt? or is it the teacher's own language describing how the sluggard slides on insensibly to ruin? The Vulgate favours the latter view, "Thou shalt sleep a little, thou shalt slumber a little, thou shalt fold thy hands to sleep, and then," etc. Habits, as Aristotle in his 'Ethics' has shown, are the resultant of repeated acts, and habits entail consequences. So here the inspired teacher would have it learnt, from the example of the sluggard, that the self-indulgence which he craves leads on to a confirmed indolence, which in the end leaves him powerless. "Yet a little" is the phrase on the lips of every one who makes but a feeble resistance, and yields supinely to his darling vice.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A little
מְעַ֣ט (mə·‘aṭ)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4592: A little, fewness, a few

sleep,
שֵׁ֭נוֹת (nō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 8142: Sleep

a little
מְעַ֣ט (mə·‘aṭ)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4592: A little, fewness, a few

slumber,
תְּנוּמ֑וֹת (tə·nū·mō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 8572: Drowsiness, sleep

a little
מְעַ֓ט ׀ (mə·‘aṭ)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4592: A little, fewness, a few

folding
חִבֻּ֖ק (ḥib·buq)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2264: A clasping, folding (of the hands)

of the hands
יָדַ֣יִם (yā·ḏa·yim)
Noun - fd
Strong's 3027: A hand

to rest,
לִשְׁכָּֽב׃ (liš·kāḇ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7901: To lie down


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