Proverbs 20:4

4 1The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; 2he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

Proverbs 20:4 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 20:4

The sluggard will not plough by reason of the cold
Or, "in the cold"; in the time of cold, as Aben Ezra; in the time of autumn, which is the time of ploughing, when it begins to be cold weather, and winter is drawing on: and this is discouraging to the sluggard, who does not care to take his hands out of his bosom to feed himself, and much less to plough; see ( Proverbs 19:24 ) ; [therefore] shall he beg in harvest, and [have] nothing;
he shall ask of those who have ploughed and sowed, and are now reaping and gathering in their increase at harvest time; but they shall give him nothing; for such as will not work should not eat; and if a man will not plough and sow, he cannot expect to reap, nor should he be encouraged in begging. This holds good in spiritual things; such who have been slothful and sluggish about their spiritual affairs, unconcerned for the grace of God, and indolent in the use of means, or performance of duty, will ask when too late, or of wrong persons, and shall not have it; as the foolish virgins ask oil of the wise, when the bridegroom is come; and the rich man for water from Abraham, when in hell, ( Matthew 25:8 ) ( Luke 16:24 ) .

Proverbs 20:4 In-Context

2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.
3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.
4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
5 The purpose in a man's heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?

Cross References 2

  • 1. [Proverbs 19:24]
  • 2. Proverbs 19:15; [Proverbs 6:11]