Proverbs 26:14

14 As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.

Proverbs 26:14 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
English Standard Version (ESV)
14 As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.
New Living Translation (NLT)
14 As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed.
The Message Bible (MSG)
14 Just as a door turns on its hinges, so a lazybones turns back over in bed.
American Standard Version (ASV)
14 [As] the door turneth upon its hinges, So doth the sluggard upon his bed.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
14 [As] a door turns on its hinges, so the lazy person turns on his bed.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
14 A door turns on its hinge, and a slacker, on his bed.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
14 A person who doesn't want to work turns over in bed just like a door that swings back and forth.

Proverbs 26:14 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 26:14

[As] the door turneth upon his hinges
And moves this way and that way, and opens and shuts, and yet hangs where it did, is not moved from its place: so [doth] the slothful upon his bed;
he turns himself from side to side, but is still on his bed, and does not move out of it, and go about his business. Aben Ezra makes mention of another reading and sense, "the door turneth upon his hinges", and is opened to let men out, one and another, to his work; "but [yet] the slothful man [is] upon his bed"; though one and another rise and go about business, and he hears the door open again and again, he stirs not, but keeps his, bed. So profane sinners lie on the bed of sinful lusts and sensual pleasures, indulge themselves in chambering and wantonness, and do not care to rise from hence, and walk honestly as in the daytime; and though their consciences are sometimes jogged by inward pricks, and they are moved a little by the reproofs of their friends, or awakened by the judgments of God; yet these are quickly over, and they give themselves a turn and go to sleep again: sometimes there are some motions in them, some thoughts and resolutions of amendment, some purposes to do good works; but, alas! their slothfulness is so great, and the habits and customs of sin so strong, that they cannot break through them, shake off their sloth, and come out, but remain as they were: and so it is with carnal professors, resting in their own works, and in a round of duties; and after ten, twenty, thirty years' profession, or more, they are just where they were; have no spiritual knowledge, judgment, and experience.

Proverbs 26:14 In-Context

12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.
13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
15 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
16 A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.

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