Because of laziness the roof 1 caves in, and because of idle hands 2 the house leaks.
If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.
Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks.
Laziness lets the roof leak, and soon the rafters begin to rot.
A shiftless man lives in a tumbledown shack; A lazy woman ends up with a leaky roof.
When no work is done the roof goes in, and when the hands do nothing water comes into the house.
Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks.
Because of laziness the building decays, And through idleness of hands the house leaks.
By much slothfulness
and through idleness
of the hands
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Because of laziness
, and because of idle
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1 tn Or “the rafters sink.”
2 tn Heb “lowering of hands.”