The Lazy Man
13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!” 14 As a door turns on its hinges, So does the lazy man on his bed. 15 The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth. 16 The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can answer sensibly.
Proverbs 26:13-16 (NKJV)
Proverbs 26:13-16 (MSG)13 Loafers say, “It’s dangerous out there! Tigers are prowling the streets!” and then pull the covers back over their heads.14 Just as a door turns on its hinges, so a lazybones turns back over in bed. 15 A shiftless sluggard puts his fork in the pie, but is too lazy to lift it to his mouth. 16 Dreamers fantasize their self-importance; they think they are smarter than a whole college faculty.
Proverbs 26:13-16 (NIV) 13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” 14 As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. 15 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. 16 A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.
Proverbs 26:13-16 (NLT) 13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” 14 As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed 15 Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth. 16 Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.
Thoughts of Devotion:
Have you ever asked yourself, what are the characteristics of someone who is dominated by sloth? The Bible gives a very clear and defined answer. The portion we are reading this morning describes to us how a slothful person conducts himself in life. As I studied these verses I found at least four very evident characteristics.
A lazy person always finds an infinite amount of excuses to avoid putting hands into the labor that needs to be done (v.13). These people live with an imaginary Lion, to not have to come out and face life’s tasks and responsibilities.
The sluggard does a considerable amount of movement but does not leave his bed, he is stuck and anchored to it (v.14). He lays on his bed face up, then face down. Then he rolls from one side to another with a lot of movement but he refuses to get up. An extensive amount of movement but there is no progress or advancement!
The lazy person dies of starvation because he refuses to take food to his mouth, even in life’s most basic needs, he expects others to serve him (v.15). Even with having all he needs before him, he lacks the most minimal amount of energy to feed himself. What can be said of others?
A slothful person is too prideful to accept advice, he thinks he is smarter than everyone else. Even having advice that is complete and sound (which is what the 7 sensible men represent), he believes himself to be more knowledgeable then all the wise people in his life that surround him. He is never open to advice, he thinks he knows it all! But never does anything (v.16)