Parallel Verses

World English Bible

The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing, but the desire of the diligent shall be fully satisfied.

New American Standard Bible

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
But the soul of the diligent is made fat.

King James Version

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Holman Bible

The slacker craves, yet has nothing,
but the diligent is fully satisfied.

International Standard Version

The lazy person craves, yet receives nothing, but the desires of the diligent are satisfied.

A Conservative Version

The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing, but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

American Standard Version

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Amplified


The soul (appetite) of the lazy person craves and gets nothing [for lethargy overcomes ambition],
But the soul (appetite) of the diligent [who works willingly] is rich and abundantly supplied.

Bible in Basic English

The hater of work does not get his desires, but the soul of the hard workers will be made fat.

Darby Translation

A sluggard's soul desireth and hath nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Julia Smith Translation

The soul of the slothful one desiring, and nothing: and the soul of the active shall be made fat

King James 2000

The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

Lexham Expanded Bible

The soul of the lazy craves, but there is nothing, but the person of diligence is richly supplied.

Modern King James verseion

The soul of the sluggard desires and has nothing; but the soul of the hard worker shall be made fat.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

The sluggard would fain have, and cannot get his desire; but the soul of the diligent shall have plenty.

NET Bible

The appetite of the sluggard craves but gets nothing, but the desire of the diligent will be abundantly satisfied.

New Heart English Bible

The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing, but the desire of the diligent shall be fully satisfied.

The Emphasized Bible

The sluggard, desireth, but his soul hath, nothing. But, the soul of the diligent, shall be enriched.

Webster

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Youngs Literal Translation

The soul of the slothful is desiring, and hath not. And the soul of the diligent is made fat.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
נפשׁ 
Nephesh 
Usage: 753

of the sluggard
עצל 
`atsel 
Usage: 14

אוה 
'avah 
Usage: 26

and hath nothing but the soul
נפשׁ 
Nephesh 
Usage: 753

of the diligent
חרץ חרוּץ 
Charuwts 
Usage: 18

Context Readings

A Wise Son Lives Righteously

3 He who guards his mouth guards his soul. One who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. 4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing, but the desire of the diligent shall be fully satisfied. 5 A righteous man hates lies, but a wicked man brings shame and disgrace.



Cross References

Proverbs 10:4

He becomes poor who works with a lazy hand, but the hand of the diligent brings wealth.

Proverbs 12:11

He who tills his land shall have plenty of bread, but he who chases fantasies is void of understanding.

Proverbs 12:24

The hands of the diligent ones shall rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.

Proverbs 11:25

The liberal soul shall be made fat. He who waters shall be watered also himself.

Proverbs 2:2-9

So as to turn your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;

Proverbs 8:34

Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my door posts.

Proverbs 26:13

The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion roams the streets!"

Proverbs 28:25

One who is greedy stirs up strife; but one who trusts in Yahweh will prosper.

Isaiah 58:11

and Yahweh will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in dry places, and make strong your bones; and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters don't fail.

John 6:27

Don't work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him."

Hebrews 6:11

We desire that each one of you may show the same diligence to the fullness of hope even to the end,

2 Peter 1:5-11

Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge;

Numbers 23:10

Who can count the dust of Jacob, or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous! Let my last end be like his!"

Psalm 92:14

They will still bring forth fruit in old age. They will be full of sap and green,

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