There are life lessons to be learned in Proverbs, and an often repeated one is the value of diligence. In two consecutive sayings we will see two aspects of diligence.


4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”




5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son; he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.”


In verse four, if we think this over, even if a person is in a high position in a company but has a lazy and uncaring attitude to work, that is going to affect his relations with his boss and he might get fired. Our society nowadays wants everyone to pull their weight, and in Solomon’s day it seems it was no different. It has always been considered a blessing to have a diligent worker who does their job well and efficiently.


Verse five deals with this issue during harvest time, the busiest time of the year for farmers. A wise son who knows the importance of that time of year will follow his parents out into the field to help. Having time off school work does not mean he can be slack in the hot weather. It’s certainly hard work harvesting the crop, so surely a rest under a tree during midday would be less stressful for you? Maybe so, but it’s an unscheduled stop and it is highly disrespectful if that is the son’s habit everyday. It’s a waving off of responsibility and compulsion to obey, and is shameful.

6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.”


It pays to wear head-wear that fits right and goes well with your clothes. Verse six deals with the results from the actions of the righteous and wicked. The results are pictured here as head-coverings.

The righteous lives by God’s Word and his adornment comes as a pleasing covering of blessings. The wicked has a bit of a harder time. His actions are evil and reflect a person who is forever bent on causing trouble and disunity. His hat is cumbersome and flows over his face with a thick cloth of violence. How annoying, hey? It does really pay to live the lifestyle that will bless you and not lead to violence. That right lifestyle comes from God. Amen.


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


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