He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Lazy hand. Sloth is the mother of poverty. Or the words may be rendered the hand of deceit. Without diligence honesty can scarcely be expected. Next unto virtue let children be trained up to industry, for both poverty and fraud are commonly the effect of sloth.
(B. E. Nicholls, M.A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.