Proverbs 24:30-34

30 I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

Proverbs 24:30 in Other Translations

KJV
30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
ESV
30 I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,
NLT
30 I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense.
MSG
30 One day I walked by the field of an old lazybones, and then passed the vineyard of a lout;
CSB
30 I went by the field of a slacker and by the vineyard of a man lacking sense.

Proverbs 24:30-34 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 1 KINGS 12

This chapter relates Rehoboam's going to Shechem to be made king, and Jeroboam's return from Egypt, 1Ki 12:1,2, the people's request to Rehoboam to be eased of their taxes, as the condition of making him king, 1Ki 12:3,4, his answer to them, after three days, having had the advice both of the old and young men, which latter he followed, and gave in a rough answer, 1Ki 12:5-15, upon which ten tribes revolted from him, and two abode by him, 1Ki 12:16-20, wherefore he meditated a war against the ten tribes, but was forbid by the Lord to engage in it, 1Ki 12:21-24 and Jeroboam, in order to establish his kingdom, and preserve the people from a revolt to the house of David, because of the temple worship at Jerusalem, devised a scheme of idolatrous worship in his own territories, 1Ki 12:25-33.

Proverbs 24:30-34 In-Context

28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause— would you use your lips to mislead?
29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”
30 I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Proverbs 6:6-11; Proverbs 26:13-16
  • 2. S Proverbs 6:10
  • 3. S Proverbs 10:4; Ecclesiastes 10:18
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