Proverbs 18:9

9 The one who is truly lazy in his work is brother to a vandal.[a] [b]

Proverbs 18:9 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 18:9

He also that is slothful in his work
Remiss in it; hangs down his hands, and does not care to make use of them, but neglects his business: is brother to him that is a great waster:
a prodigal man, who spends his substance in riotous living: the sluggard and the prodigal are brethren in iniquity; for, though they take different courses, they are both sinful, and issue in the same manner; both bring to poverty and want. Or, "brother to a master that wastes" F16; a slothful servant and a wasteful master are near akin, and come into the same class and circumstances. Jarchi interprets it,

``he that separateth from the law, though a disciple of a wise man, is a brother to Satan;''
whose name is Apollyon, the waster and destroyer. A man that is slothful in spiritual things, though a professor of religion, and has a place in the house of God, is brother to him that is a waster and persecutor of it; see ( Matthew 12:30 ) .
FOOTNOTES:

F16 (tyxvm lebl) "domino devaststionis", Gejerus; "domino dissipanti", Mercerus.

Proverbs 18:9 In-Context

7 A fool's mouth is his devastation, and his lips are a trap for his life.
8 A gossip's words are like choice food that goes down to one's innermost being.
9 The one who is truly lazy in his work is brother to a vandal.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.
11 A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; in his imagination it is like a high wall.

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