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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Enemies Of The Lord: The Slothful: Proverbs 26:13-16

13) The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion in the way; a lion [is] in the streets.
14) [As] the door turneth upon his hinges, so [doth] the slothful upon his bed.
15) The slothful hideth his hand in [his] bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
16) The sluggard [is] wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

 

In this chapter, Solomon describes for us three of the greatest enemies of the Lord:
1.  The Fool (vs 1-12), One who does not apply the Word of God to their life.
2.  The Lazy (vs 13-16), One who is not diligent and industrious in their responsibilities
3.  The Cruel (vs 17-28), One who is angry, malicious and out of control

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, Solomon takes a look at those who are slothful.  By slothful we mean those who are lax in their responsibilities.  In other words, they are not careful, reliable, nor swift in their labors.

 

13) The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion in the way; a lion [is] in the streets.
1.  The lazy man reports that there is a roaring (hungry, fierce) lion in the busy country pathways
2.  The lazy man reports there is a young (strong, swift) lion in the city streets

The lazy man quickly justifies why he is not faithful to his employment responsibilities but, instead, stays within his house.  He claims that there is danger outside the home.  There are hungry and fierce lions on the well-trodden country paths and there are young strong lions on the city streets.  Therefore, there is no route for him to take to get to his employment and, therefore, we must excuse him from fulfilling his responsibilities of employment.

 

The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.”  (Proverbs 22:13)

 

 

14) [As] the door turneth upon his hinges, so [doth] the slothful upon his bed.
1.  The door swings back and forth on its hinges picturing
2.  the slothful man who rolls back and forth on his bed.

In both cases, the door and the slothful man do not make any progress.  It is as if they are a hamster on a wheel, or a car stuck in the mud… moving back and forth but never accomplishing anything or escaping the position they are in.

 

And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:  That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”   (Hebrews 6:11-12)

 

 

15) The slothful hideth his hand in [his] bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
1.  The lazy man covers his hand in the bowl of his chest (probably armpits?)
2.  it brings great sorrow and dread for him to move his hands to his mouth (to feed himself)

The lazy man, when extreme, will be pained to do the least bit of labor necessary to meet his own needs.  He will desire for EVERYTHING to be done for him and desire to take upon himself absolutely no responsibilities.  Much like a man who keeps his hands buried for warmth in his armpits not wanting to move them to his mouth.

A slothful [man] hideth his hand in [his] bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.”  (Proverbs 19:24)

 

16) The sluggard [is] wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
1.  The lazy man sees himself as more intelligent and skillful than
2.  Seven men who can give counsel to one another and give a reasonable justification for all of their actions

The lazy man is so blinded to his own condition, he believes he is better than a group of seven men who can give and receive counsel from one another.  He believes his actions are more just and proper than those seven men who act based upon reflection and decisions made with the aid of much Godly counsel.

In other words, the lazy believes his lie about the lion in the streets is more reasonable than the justification behind the actions of the seven men.  Even though these seven used proper consideration and the exchange of Godly wisdom and instruction to dictate their actions.

 

The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.”  (Proverbs 12:15)

SUMMARY:

In our study of the slothful, we have seen that:
1.  The lazy man quickly justifies why he is not faithful to his employment responsibilities.
2.  The slothful man moves back and forth but never accomplishes anything or escaping the position they are in.
3.  The lazy man, when extreme, will be pained to do the least bit of labor necessary to meet his own needs.
4.  The lazy man is so blinded to his own condition, he believes he is better than a group of seven men who can give and receive Godly counsel from one another to aid in their decision making.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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16 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    what an important message. I hope that I never fit your message

  2. A challenge to not be a lazy Christian giving excuses for not fulfilling our responsibilities to pray, read the Scriptures and teach our children to do the same! :-)

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    This passage here is full of so much word imagery of the characteristics of a sluggard; thanks for your exposition, I was blessed with it.

  4. Most people who know me would say I am definitely NOT lazy . . . but I have to admit that while I am always busy, there are areas in my life where I tend to be ‘lazy’. Thanks for the challenge to examine these areas under the Lord’s spotlight..

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Angela,

      I think probably we all have our times of laziness, my greatest fear is falling into a lifestyle of laziness (and disuse by the Lord). May He grace us with the diligence to consistently serve Him and given Him our best. Lord bless you and Myles. I trust you both are continuing to be blessed.

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