Proverbs 13:4 – Desires Satisfied

A sluggards appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied – The Bible, Proverbs 13:4

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov 11:25, 6:6, 10-11

Theme: Prov 13:2-4 – The Hebrew words translated as “desire”, “appetite”, “life”, and “soul”,  is literally “soul” or “breath” and can refer to the inner desires of people, but also the essence of who you  are. (Reiterated from A Mentor Commentary On Proverbs – John A. Kitchen

My thoughts:

It’s nice sometimes to relax on the weekends by doing nothing. A full week should be balanced with some off-time. However, if all our week was empty of work we’d be in trouble very soon! This proverb speaks of how the lazy person longs for things that they don’t ever get. The diligent person works and receives, but because the lazy doesn’t work (or work well), they soon run into needs they can’t meet. 2438160378_49554332de_z.jpg
We know that the extremely rich of this world may be able to retire early and never again need to work, but that’s generally because at one point they worked super hard to achieve their desires. So, let’s enjoy our weekends, but only because we worked for it!

 

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Proverbs 12:27 – Diligent hunting

The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt. – Proverbs 12:27

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 12:11; 19:24; Eccles.5:19

My thoughts:

We all have dreams we want to carry out. Many of these dreams get left behind due to forgetfulness, inability, or the difficulty of life. Here, the reason we might or might not 5347165657_720ee1532a_zachieve our goals is based on our level of diligence. The picture in the proverb shows a hunting trip for food and how one’s laziness keeps them from roasting the spoils. Some plans can go astray despite our best efforts, but when it’s up to us, let’s work hard at what we hope for.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com 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 12:24 – 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.

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

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com 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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