Proverbs 19:15

15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.

Proverbs 19:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
ESV
15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.
NLT
15 Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.
MSG
15 Life collapses on loafers; lazybones go hungry.
CSB
15 Laziness induces deep sleep, and a lazy person will go hungry.

Proverbs 19:15 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 19:15

Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep
Slothful persons are generally sleepy, and are very desirous of sleep, and indulge themselves in it; they spend their time, day and night, in sleep and drowsiness; and are quite careless and unconcerned about either their temporal or eternal good; see ( Proverbs 6:9-11 ) ; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger;
and perish with it, both in a temporal and spiritual sense: an idle person, that will not work, ought not to eat; and an idle soul, or one that is unconcerned about his soul, and the spiritual food of it, shall perish for want of it.

Proverbs 19:15 In-Context

13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.
14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.
16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Proverbs 6:9; Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 20:13