He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Our life is dependent on our industry. It is good for man that he should have to labour. Were God to do all, We should truly leave Him to do it, not caring to co-operate with the Divine Husbandman in the culture of the field of life. By the "diligent" we are to understand the nimble-handed — those who are active and agile, who will lose nothing for want of rising early and peering about in the darkness if they may but catch a glimpse even of an outline of things. The persons referred to in the text are those who take account of microscopic matters — they are particular about the smallest coins, about moments and minutes, about so-called secondary engagements and plans. The true business man lives in the midst of his business. We are not far from the sanctuary of God when we are listening to such proverbs as these.
(J. Parker, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.