Proverbs 6:11

11 and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

Proverbs 6:11 in Other Translations

11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
11 Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest! Always Cooking Up Something Nasty
11 and your poverty will come like a robber, your need, like a bandit.

Proverbs 6:11 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 6:11

So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth
Either swiftly and suddenly, as a traveller makes haste to get to his journey's end, and comes upon his family or friends at an unawares; or though he moves gradually, by slow paces and silent steps, yet surely: and so it signifies that poverty should come upon the sluggard very quickly, and before he was aware: and though it might come by degrees, yet it would certainly come; and thy want as an armed man;
or, "thy wants as a man of shield" F21: denoting many wants that should come rushing in one upon another, like a man armed with shield and buckler; appearing with great terror and force, not to be resisted. It denotes the unavoidableness of being brought into penury and want by sloth, and the terribleness of such a condition. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions, add,

``but if thou art not slothful, thy harvest shall come as a fountain (as the inundation of a fountain, Arabic); but want shall flee as an evil racer (as an evil man, Arabic; far from thee, Vulgate Latin):''
but this is not in the Hebrew text.

F21 (Nnm vyak) "tanquam vir clypei", Montanus; "vir clypeatus", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator

Proverbs 6:11 In-Context

9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
12 A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 10-11; Proverbs 20:13; Proverbs 24:30-34
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