Proverbs 24:30-34 I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment. 31 thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. 32 I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

Posted: December 24, 2020 in Proverbs 24, Proverbs 24:30-34, Seeking Wisdom, Wisdom, Wisdom for the Soul
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We know sluggard means lazy. In this case, a person who is so lazy that he will not take care of his own garden; A person who has never gone to the trouble to accumulate any learning on how to take care of his vineyard.

He is so lazy that he has lain in the bed resting and let the whole place grow up with thorns and bushes; He has even let the fence get run down and now wild animals could come in and destroy the crops, that is, if he wasn’t too lazy to put a crop in.

 This year it looks like there will be no crop. The owner is too lazy to farm or run the vineyard.

After looking over the situation, there was no question but to fully understand that the owner of this land was in plenty of trouble.

The old saying, “no work, no eat” applies here. We see a person who is a sleepyhead. They lay up in the bed and sleep the day away. Even when they are awake, they spend time idly. A person like this cannot ever quite get around to working; even though there is plenty to do everywhere he looks.

A person on a farm need not hunger. You can grow a crop. This poverty coming is a sure thing when a person is too lazy to work.

An armed man robs because he wants what belongs to others. This person, who will not work, also wants what someone else has worked to produce. This is a very bad thing. It not only brings physical poverty, but spiritual poverty as well, and destroys ones’ self-respect.

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