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Proverbs 12:24

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The diligent 1  person 2  will rule, but the slothful 3  will become a slave. 4 

XREF

1Ki 11:28; 1Ki 12:20; Pr 10:4; Pr 12:27; Pr 13:4; Pr 17:2; Pr 19:15; Pr 21:25,26; Pr 22:13; Pr 22:29; Pr 24:30-34; Pr 26:13-16

NET © Notes

tn The term חָרַץ (kharats, “diligent”) means (1) literally: “to cut; to sharpen,” (2) figurative: “to decide” and “to be diligent. It is used figuratively in Proverbs for diligence. The semantic development of the figure may be understood thus: “cut, sharpen” leads to “act decisively” which leads to “be diligent.” By their diligent work they succeed to management. The diligent rise to the top, while the lazy sink to the bottom.

tn Heb “the hand of the diligent.” The term “hand” is a synecdoche of part (= hand) for the whole (= person): diligent person. The hand is emphasized because it is the instrument of physical labor; it signifies the actions and the industry of a diligent person – what his hand does.

tn Heb “deceitful.” The term refers to one who is not diligent; this person tries to deceive his master about his work, which he has neglected.

tn Heb “will be for slave labor.” The term מַס (mas, “slave labor”) refers to a person forced into labor from slavery.



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