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Proverbs 12:24 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; But the slothful shall be put under taskwork.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The hand of the diligent will rule, But the slack [hand] will be put to forced labor.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; but the slothful [hand] shall be under tribute.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The hand of the diligent, shall bear rule, but, the indolent, shall come under tribute.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The hand of the diligent ruleth, And slothfulness becometh tributary.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The hand of the valiant shall bear rule: but that which is slothful shall be under tribute.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The hand of the diligent shall beare rule: but the slouthfull shall bee vnder tribute.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The hand of chosen men shall easily obtain rule; but the deceitful shall be for a prey.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
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.
shall bear rule: 4910
{4910} Prime
A primitive root; to rule.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
but the slothful 7423
{7423} Prime
From H7411; remissness, treachery.
shall be x1961
(1961) Complement
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
under tribute. 4522
{4522} Prime
From H4549; properly a burden (as causing to faint), that is, a tax in the form of forced labor.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 12:24

_ _ slothful — (Compare Margin), so called because he fails to meet his promises.

_ _ under tribute — not denoting legal taxes, but the obligation of dependence.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 12:24

_ _ Note, 1. Industry is the way to preferment. Solomon advanced Jeroboam because he saw that he was an industrious young man, and minded his business, 1 Kings 11:28. Men that take pains in study and serviceableness will thereby gain such an interest and reputation as will give them a dominion over all about them, by which means many have risen strangely. He that has been faithful in a few things shall be made ruler over many things. The elders, that labour in the word and doctrine, are worthy of double honour; and those that are diligent when they are young will get that which will enable them to rule, and so to rest, when they are old. 2. Knavery is the way to slavery: The slothful and careless, or rather the deceitful (for so the word signifies), shall be under tribute. Those that, because they will not take pains in an honest calling, live by their shifts and arts of dishonesty, are paltry and beggarly, and will be kept under. Those that are diligent and honest when they are apprentices will come to be masters; but those that are otherwise are the fools who, all their days, must be servants to the wise in heart.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth [with] a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and [hath] nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Proverbs 17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean [men].
1 Kings 11:28 And the man Jeroboam [was] a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.
1 Kings 12:20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.


Proverbs 12:27 The slothful [man] roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man [is] precious.
Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Proverbs 21:25-26 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. ... He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
Proverbs 22:13 The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
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.
Proverbs 26:13-16 The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion in the way; a lion [is] in the streets. ... The sluggard [is] wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

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