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Proverbs 21:25

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, For his hands refuse to work;
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The desire of the sluggard killeth him; For his hands refuse to labor.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labor.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The desire of the sluggard killeth him; for his hands refuse to work:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The craving of the sluggard, killeth him, for his hands have refused to work.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The desire of the slothful slayeth him, For his hands have refused to work.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Desires kill the slothful: for his hands have refused to work at all.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— The desire of the slouthfull slayeth him: for his hands refuse to worke.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The desire of the slouthfull killeth him: for his hands refuse to labour.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— The desire of the sluggard kills him; for his hands refuse to labor.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Desires kill the sluggard; for his hands do not choose to do anything.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The desire 8378
{8378} Prime
From H0183 (abbreviated); a longing; by implication a delight (subjectively satisfaction, objectively a charm).
of the slothful 6102
{6102} Prime
From H6101; indolent.
killeth 4191
{4191} Prime
A primitive root; to die (literally or figuratively); causatively to kill.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
him; for x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
his hands 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.
refuse 3985
{3985} Prime
A primitive root; to refuse.
<8765> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2121
to labour. 6213
{6213} Prime
A primitive root; to do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 21:25

_ _ desire — that is, of ease and idleness brings him to starvation.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 21:25-26

_ _ Here we have, 1. The miseries of the slothful, whose hands refuse to labour in an honest calling, by which they might get an honest livelihood. They are as fit for labour as other men, and business offers itself, to which they might lay their hands and apply their minds, but they will not; herein they fondly think they do well for themselves, see Proverbs 26:16. Soul, take thy ease. But really they are enemies to themselves; for, besides that their slothfulness starves them, depriving them of their necessary supports, their desires at the same time stab them. Though their hands refuse to labour, their hearts cease not to covet riches, and pleasures, and honours, which yet cannot be obtained without labour. Their desires are impetuous and insatiable; they covet greedily all the day long, and cry, Give, give; they expect every body should do for them, though they will do nothing for themselves, much less for any body else. Now these desires kill them; they are a perpetual vexation to them, fret them to death, and perhaps put them upon such dangerous courses for the satisfying of their craving lusts as hasten them to an untimely end. Many that must have money with which to make provision for the flesh, and would not be at the pains to get it honestly, have turned highwaymen, and that has killed them. Those that are slothful in the affairs of their souls, and yet have desires towards that which would be the happiness of their souls, those desires kill them, will aggravate their condemnation and be witnesses against them that were convinced of the worth of spiritual blessings, but refused to be at the pains that were necessary to the obtaining of them. 2. The honours of the honest and diligent. The righteous and industrious have their desires satisfied, and enjoy not only that satisfaction, but the further satisfaction of doing good to others. The slothful are always craving and gaping to receive, but the righteous are always full and contriving to give; and it is more blessed to give than to receive. They give and spare not, give liberally and upbraid not; they give a portion to seven and also to eight, and do not spare for fear of wanting.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 21:25

Killeth — Torments him to death, while he passionately desires what he sees, he shall not enjoy, and will not take pains to procure.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 21:25

The desire of the slothful (l) killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

(l) He thinks to live by wishing and desiring all things, but will make no effort to get anything.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

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 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
Proverbs 12:27 The slothful [man] roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man [is] precious.
Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and [hath] nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Proverbs 15:19 The way of the slothful [man is] as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous [is] made plain.
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 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 The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion in the way; a lion [is] in the streets.
Proverbs 26:16 The sluggard [is] wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, [Thou] wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
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