Please Support the Bible Translation Work of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
Solomon Attempting to Awaken the Slacker from His laziness
Proverbs 6:10 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
A little sleep, a little slumber: Here Solomon is mimicking this lazy person in speech, whom he has just asked, “are you going to sleep forever!” Now, Solomon sarcastically is saying something like, “A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there.” The Message (MSG)
A little folding of the hands to rest: Solomon continues to mimic this lazy one here, with his sarcasm (sit back, take it easy, MSG), as the folding of the hands is referring to a person who has lied down to relax, rest and sleep, so he has crossed his hands over their chest.
Using rhetorical questions, Solomon attempts to awaken the slacker from his laziness. As the freeloader one goes about his inactive, seemingly carefree life while parents care for his every need, he soon discovers that hardship is upon him after they are gone, and he is facing the poverty that is about to overtake him with the speed of a robber, and his lack of bare necessities comes upon him like an attack dog. The fields of a slacker quickly become overgrown with thorns; the ground is covered with nettles. (Proverbs 24:30-31) The loser’s employment opportunities are nonexistent. How long would an employer endure a slacker? The student that fails to study because he is too lazy will not do well in school or even get into a university, and will live in miserable poverty for his entire life.