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Proverbs 10:4 | The Hand of the Diligent

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Week 46: Proverbs 10:4

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

Scripture Memory

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. Proverbs 10:4

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. Proverbs 10:4

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Bible Context

Who?

King Solomon

When?

Early in his reign, after 970 B.C.

Why?

To apply God’s wisdom to daily life.

For whom?

Israelites (The Jewish People).

Word Studies

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. Proverbs 10:4

Dealeth | עָשָׂה

ʿāśâ

Pronunciation: aw-saw'

Definition:

  • to do, work, make, produce
  • to deal (with)
  • to act, act with effect, effect

Translations:

  • Do 1,333x
  • Make 653x
  • Wrought 52x
  • Deal 52x

Slack | רְמִיָּה

rᵊmîyâ

Pronunciation: rem-ee-yaw'

Definition:

  • laxness, slackness, slackening, deceit, treachery

Translations:

  • deceitful 4x
  • deceitfully 3x
  • deceit 2x
  • slothful 2x
  • slack 1x

Hand | כַּף

kap̄

Pronunciation: kaf

Definition:

  • palm, hollow or flat of the hand
  • power
  • sole (of the foot)
  • hollow, objects, bending objects, bent objects

Translations:

  • hand 128x
  • spoon 24x
  • sole 19x
  • palm 5x

Hand | יָד

yāḏ

Pronunciation: yawd

Definition:

  • hand (of man)
  • strength, power (fig.)
  • side (of land), part, portion (metaph.) (fig.)

Translations:

  • hand 1,359x
  • by 44x
  • him 14x
  • power 12x

diligent | חָרוּץ

ḥārûṣ

Pronunciation: khaw-roots'

Definition:

  • strict decision, decision
  • trench, moat, ditch
  • gold (poetical)

Translations:

  • gold 6x
  • diligent 5x
  • decision 2x
  • threshing instrument 2x

Paraphrase

He becometh poor that [works, acts] with a [deceitful, lax] [power]: but the [strength] of the [diligent] maketh rich. Proverbs 10:4

Bible Cross References

Proverbs 11:24

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

Ecclesiastes 10:18

By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

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.

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.

Reflections

About God

God wants us to work diligently. He gives us everything we need to accomplish His will for our lives, but we must also uphold our end by working to our talents and abilities.

About Self

Laziness will never equal increase. I must ask the Lord to help me with daily strength and motivation to continue to work, rather than let life pass me by as I sit, doing nothing for Him.

Questions to Ask Myself

  • What am I working on right now for God? Am I giving my whole heart to it?
  • Where am I slacking, and need to ask the Lord to forgive me and to help me move forward?

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