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The Lazy One is Apathetic, Lethargic, and Passive
Proverbs 6:11 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
11 your poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and your want like an armed man.
Your poverty will come upon you like a robber: While the lazy one is taking ‘a nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sitting back, taking it easy,’ poverty (רֵישׁ resh or רֵאשׁ resh or רִישׁ rish) suddenly and powerfully he is overtaken with the speed of a bandit.
And your want like an armed man: In addition, scarcity, shortage, and insufficiency attacks the sluggard like an armed man. In other words, this lazy one has no money and no goods, so he cannot financially support himself. Again, just how long would an employer suffer the loss of time of a sluggish, lazy, idle employee? What about a lazy, listless student who is negligent, slack, lax attitude, and unwilling to study but expects to receive a good grade in school? How will our heavenly Father feel about a lazy, sluggish Christian who is negligent, slack, lax attitude, and unwilling to study the Bible to prepare for Christian meetings, to share the Gospel but expects to receive eternal life? – Matthew 7:21-23.
Asking questions that he really expects no answers to, Solomon makes a valiant attempt at getting the lazy one to rise up from his sluggishness. The reality that escapes the lazy one is that poverty overtakes him with quickness while he is slumbering, like a robber. The work that needed to be taken care of soon overtakes him, such as his fields where he should have been raising crops; ‘thistles had come up everywhere, weeds covered the ground, and its walls were broken down.’ (Pro 24:30-31) Yes, laziness has only but one end in sight, poverty.