He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
I. THE HAND OF THE ONE IS "DILIGENT," THE OTHER IS "SLACK."
II. THE SOUL OF THE ONE SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES, THE OTHER NEGLECTS THEM. The industrious man makes opportunities. He does the work of the season. The other lets opportunities pass. He "sleepeth in harvest."
III. THE DESTINY OF THE ONE IS PROSPERITY, THAT OF THE OTHER RUIN. The man in the gospel who employed his talents got the "Well done!" of his Master and the ruler-ship over many things. Laziness everywhere brings ruin. "Drowsiness clothes man in rags."
(D. Thomas, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.