Proverbs 10:26

26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.

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Proverbs 10:26 in Other Translations

KJV
26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
ESV
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.
NLT
26 Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.
MSG
26 A lazy employee will give you nothing but trouble; it's vinegar in the mouth, smoke in the eyes.
CSB
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so the slacker is to the one who sends him [on an errand].

Proverbs 10:26 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 10:26

As vinegar to the teeth
Which, with its coldness and sourness, blunts the teeth, and makes it troublesome to eat: the Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions, render it,

``as the sour grape is hurtful to the teeth;''
sets them on edge; and as smoke to the eye;
dims the sight, causes the eye to water, and is very pernicious and vexatious: so [is] the sluggard to them that send him:
that is, the slothful messenger, as the Targum explains it; who, being sent on an errand, is dilatory, does not make haste to bring back the answer; which is very vexatious to those that send him, raises their passions, makes them fretful and very angry, be it on what account it will: so slothful and unprofitable servants, to whom talents are given for usefulness, which they hide or use not, are very provoking to Christ, and whom he will order into outer darkness; those who have gifts for sacred service ought not to be slothful in business, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, ( Matthew 25:26 Matthew 25:29 ) ( Romans 12:6-11 ) .

Proverbs 10:26 In-Context

24 What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted.
25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.
26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.
27 The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
28 The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Isaiah 65:5
  • 2. Proverbs 13:17; Proverbs 25:13; Proverbs 26:6
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