Proverbs19:15 (Cf. 6:9–11; 10:4).
Interestingly, the actual word “slothfulness” (or laziness, depending upon what version you are reading) appears only 18 times, as “lazy” or “laziness”, 15 of those times in Proverbs, one other in Ecclesiastes, and two in the NT, once in Matthew and once in Titus. It is not surprising that all of the OT references occur in the writing of Solomon, who had a great concern that men conduct themselves in a way that best and most fully serves the purposes and end goals of their Lord and Master, Yahweh. The Hebrew word translated here actually refers to slackness (as opposed to rope or line being pulled tight). It can speak of sluggishness, thinking of the idea, perhaps of a stream or river that is not moving as rapidly as it might, but his little current. One can see that it is a very graphic or picturesque word that carries a very powerful, useful and instructive concept for us to take to heart and to put into action.
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