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Proverbs 20:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Love not sleep, let thou come to poverty; Open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, [and] you will be satisfied with food.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thy eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Do not love sleep, lest thou come to poverty, open thine eyes, be satisfied with bread.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Love not sleep, lest thou become poor, Open thine eyes—be satisfied [with] bread.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Love not sleep, lest poverty oppress thee: open thy eyes, and be filled with bread.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Loue not sleepe, lest thou come to pouertie: open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Love not to speak ill, lest thou be cut off: open thine eyes, and be filled with bread.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Love 157
{0157} Prime
A primitive root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
not x408
(0408) Complement
A negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing.
sleep, 8142
{8142} Prime
(The second form used in Psalms 127:2); from H3462; sleep.
lest x6435
(6435) Complement
From H6437; properly removal; used only (in the constructive) adverbially as conjugation lest.
thou come to poverty; 3423
{3423} Prime
A primitive root; to occupy (be driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to ruin.
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
open 6491
{6491} Prime
A primitive root; to open (the senses, especially the eyes); figuratively to be observant.
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
thine eyes, 5869
{5869} Prime
Probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain (as the eye of the landscape).
[and] thou shalt be satisfied 7646
{7646} Prime
A primitive root; to sate, that is, fill to satisfaction (literally or figuratively).
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
with bread. 3899
{3899} Prime
From H3898; food (for man or beast), especially bread, or grain (for making it).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 20:13

_ _ Activity and diligence contrasted with sloth (Proverbs 6:9; Proverbs 10:11).

_ _ lest ... poverty — literally, “be deprived of inheritance.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 20:13

_ _ Note, 1. Those that indulge themselves in their ease may expect to want necessaries, which should have been gotten by honest labour. “Therefore, though thou must sleep (nature requires it), yet love not sleep, as those do that hate business. Love not sleep for its own sake, but only as it fits for further work. Love not much sleep, but rather grudge the time that is spent in it, and wish thou couldst live without it, that thou mightest always be employed in some good exercise.” We must allow it to our bodies as men allow it to their servants, because they cannot help it and otherwise they shall have no good of them. Those that love sleep are likely to come to poverty, not only because they lose the time they spend in excess of sleep, but because they contract a listless careless disposition, and are still half asleep, never well awake. 2. Those that stir up themselves to their business may expect to have conveniences: “Open thy eyes, awake and shake off sleep, see how far in the day it is, how thy work wants thee, and how busy others are about thee! And, when thou art awake, look up, look to thy advantages, and do not let slip thy opportunities; apply thy mind closely to thy business and be in care about it. It is the easy condition of a great advantage: Open thy eyes and thou shalt be satisfied with bread; if thou dost not grow rich, yet though shalt have enough, and that is as good as a feast.”

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 20:13

Open — Shake off sloth and betake thyself to thy employment with diligence and vigour.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Proverbs 6:9-11 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? ... So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Proverbs 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth [with] a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Proverbs 12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain [persons is] void of understanding.
Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and [hath] nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
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.
Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.


Jonah 1:6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.
Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.
1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak [this] to your shame.
Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
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Pv 6:9; 10:4; 12:11; 13:4; 19:15; 24:30. Jna 1:6. Ro 12:11; 13:11. 1Co 15:34. Ep 5:14. 2Th 3:10.

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