Proverbs 21:25

25 The desire of 1the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.

Proverbs 21:25 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 21:25

The desire of the slothful killeth him
His desire after food and raiment, and riches; for because he cannot have what he desires, being unwilling to work for them, it frets and vexes him to death, or puts him upon unlawful methods to obtain them, which bring him to a shameful death; see ( Proverbs 13:4 ) ; for his hands refuse to labour;
when he is ordered by his superiors, or his wants are such as call for labour; and he seems to be willing and desirous of it, necessity obliging to it, yet he cannot bring his hands to it; these do in effect say, as Aben Ezra observes, Thou shall not do it. Maimonides says this is to be understood of sloth in seeking wisdom {h}.


F8 Moreh Nevochim, par. 1. c. 34. p. 47.

Proverbs 21:25 In-Context

23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
24 "Scoffer" is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride.
25 The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
26 All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with evil intent.

Cross References 1

  • 1. [Proverbs 13:4]