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Proverbs 20:4

4 Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

Read Proverbs 20:4 Using Other Translations

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.

What does Proverbs 20:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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 ) .

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