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Proverbs 10:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He becometh poor that worketh with a slack hand; But the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— He becometh poor that dealeth [with] a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— He becometh poor that dealeth [with] a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— He cometh to want that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— He becometh poor, who dealeth with a slack hand, but, the hand of the diligent, maketh rich.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Poor [is] he who is working—a slothful hand, And the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The slothful hand hath wrought poverty: but the hand of the industrious getteth riches. He that trusteth to lies feedeth the winds: and the same runneth after birds, that fly away.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Hee becommeth poore that dealeth [with] a slacke hand: but the hand of the diligent, maketh rich.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Poverty brings a man low: but the hands of the vigorous make rich. A son who is instructed shall be wise, and shall use the fool for a servant.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— He becometh poor that dealeth [with] a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
He becometh poor 7326
{7326} Prime
A primitive root; to be destitute.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
that dealeth 6213
{6213} Prime
A primitive root; to do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
[with] a slack 7423
{7423} Prime
From H7411; remissness, treachery.
hand: 3709
{3709} Prime
From H3721; the hollow hand or palm (so of the paw of an animal, of the sole, and even of the bowl of a dish or sling, the handle of a bolt, the leaves of a palm tree); figuratively power.
but the hand 3027
{3027} Prime
A primitive word; a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.), in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote.
of the diligent 2742
{2742} Prime
Passive participle of H2782; properly incised or (active) incisive; hence (as noun masculine or feminine) a trench (as dug), gold (as mined), a threshing sledge (having sharp teeth); (figuratively) determination; also eager.
maketh rich. 6238
{6238} Prime
A primitive root; properly to accumulate; chiefly (specifically) to grow (causatively make) rich.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 10:4

_ _ slack — literally, “deceitful,” failing of its purpose (compare Hosea 7:16).

_ _ maketh rich — (compare Proverbs 10:22).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 10:4

_ _ We are here told, 1. Who those are who, though rich, are in a fair way to become poor — those who deal with a slack hand, who are careless and remiss in their business, and never mind which end goes foremost, nor ever set their hands vigorously to their work or stick to it; those who deal with a deceitful hand (so it may be read); those who think to enrich themselves by fraud and tricking will, in the end, impoverish themselves, not only by bringing the curse of God on what they have, but by forfeiting their reputation with men; none will care to deal with those who deal with sleight of hand and are honest only with good looking to. 2. Who those are who, though poor, are in a fair way to become rich — those who are diligent and honest, who are careful about their affairs, and, what their hands find to do, do it with all their might, in a fair and honourable way, those are likely to increase what they have. The hand of the acute (so some), of those who are sharp, but not sharpers; the hand of the active (so others); the stirring hand gets a penny. This is true in the affairs of our souls as well as in our worldly affairs; slothfulness and hypocrisy lead to spiritual poverty, but those who are fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, are likely to be rich in faith and rich in good works.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Proverbs 6:6-11 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: ... So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Proverbs 11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] to poverty.
Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Proverbs 19:24 A slothful [man] hideth his hand in [his] bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; [therefore] shall he beg in harvest, and [have] nothing.
Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; ... So shall thy poverty come [as] one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
Ecclesiastes 10:18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: ... That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
2 Peter 1:5-10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; ... Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

with a slack hand:
That is, slothfully and negligently.


Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and [hath] nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Proverbs 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness; but of every one [that is] hasty only to want.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
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