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November 7, 2016



Proverbs 13:4 


The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.




The “soul” stands for the whole person. The slothful wishes and dreams of prosperity and

abundance but his desire remains unsatisfied, since the object is not gained but only lost by doing nothing; the industrious gain, and that richly, what the slothful wishes for, but in vain.


David’s son Amnon, who desired his half-sister Tamar, but did nothing to secure her as his wife, and only let his frustrated passion build up until he raped her, comes to mind. Boaz, on the other hand, models a “diligent” person, who increased his wealth and even acquired a bride, through hard work and integrity  and the returned captives also illustrate this proverb.


Hard work works! But the sluggard will not do it! He hates hard work and perseverance. They are painful to him. He loves to sleep; he wants to take today off. The diligent man, working hard each day, enjoys the prosperity and plenty the sluggard covets and loses. Lazy people want stuff. They envy and resent the things of workers. They have many excuses why others have more than they have. They will not put in the work to get things. Instead, they whine about discrimination, luck, favoritism, etc.!


Memory Verse: James 4:17

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