Proverb for the Day 6:9-11 — WAKE UP!

How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest — and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

These three verses continue the theme of verses 6-8 — laziness. Verse 9 consists of two rhetorical questions addressing the ongoing pattern of lying down and sleeping. The picture is not of a hard working person taking a break, but someone who doesn’t get up or get around to do any work.

Verses 10-11 are identical to 24:33-34. They speak of the consequences to a life of laziness. It leads to poverty and scarcity, and the process seems to be as painful as being accosted by a bandit. There is little about this lifestyle that sounds meaningful.

It should be instructive that God felt the need to say this to us twice. It is an ongoing problem for many of us, and God knows what it leads to — if we don’t do something about it.