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Proverbs 20:13

13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

Proverbs 20:13 in Other Translations

13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
13 If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!
13 Don't be too fond of sleep; you'll end up in the poorhouse. Wake up and get up; then there'll be food on the table.
13 Don't love sleep, or you will become poor; open your eyes, and you'll have enough to eat.

Proverbs 20:13 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 20:13

Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty
Sleep is a very great natural blessing; it is a gift of God, what nature requires, and is desirable; it is to be loved, though not immoderately; it is sweet to a man, and what he should be thankful for; yet should not indulge himself in to the neglect of the proper business of life; nor to be used but at the proper time for it; for the eye is made for sight, and not for sleep only, as Aben Ezra observes, connecting the words with the preceding; and therefore should not be kept shut and inattentive to business, which must necessarily end in poverty and want; see ( Proverbs 6:9-11 ) ; and so spiritual sleep and slothfulness bring on a spiritual poverty in the souls of men, both as to the exercise of grace and the performance of duty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shall be satisfied with bread;
that is, open thine eyes from sleep, awake and keep so, and be sedulous and industrious in the business of thy calling; so shalt thou have a sufficiency of food for thyself and family; see ( Proverbs 12:11 ) . It may be applied to awaking out of sleep in a spiritual sense, and to a diligent attendance to duty and the use of means, whereby the souls of men come to be satisfied with the goodness of the Lord, and the fatness of his house; see ( Ephesians 5:14 ) ( Psalms 65:4 ) .

Proverbs 20:13 In-Context

11 Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see— the LORD has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer— then goes off and boasts about the purchase.
15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Proverbs 6:11; S Proverbs 19:15
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