Proverbs 12:24 – Ruler or Slave?

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor. – Proverbs 12:24

Some places where else this is discussed:

Proverbs 6:6-11 10:4, 12:27, 21:25 (There are many more proverbs dealing with the diligent & the lazy)

My thoughts:

We all know the way you carry yourself under a boss will have ramifications. If you are a hard worker, you will generally do well. If you are lazy continuously, you’ll likely be shown the door. In the same way this proverb is painting a picture of the different places5726122341_2813cae0fb_z one may find themselves if they work well or not. I wonder how it would feel to be forced to work hard after years of not even trying? May we be motivated to work hard in all we do, regardless of the benefits.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Note: All scripture is taken from and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:11 – Chasing Fantasies

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. – Proverbs 12:11

Some places where this is discussed in Proverbs:

Proverbs 14:23, 28:19

My thoughts:6699892843_361aa27429_b.jpg


Get-rich-quick schemes are so often dependent on the person being so invested no good sense will give them pause. So often it’s just not worth it; the risk is too great. A steady job is much more worthwhile, and while the dividends may be small in comparison to the promised wealth of a scheme, it is the wiser option. May we be diligent in our steady work and not chase fantasies.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

Photo Attribution: Anant Nath Sharma Used under Creative Commons licence CC BY-N