Proverbs 18:9

“He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee also that is slouthful in his worke, is brother to him that is a great waster.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He also that is slack in his work Is brother to him that is a destroyer.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He who does not give his mind to his work is brother to him who makes destruction.
- Basic English Bible

He also who is indolent in his work is brother of the destroyer.
- Darby Bible

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
- Webster's Bible

One who is slack in his work is brother to him who is a master of destruction.
- World English Bible

He also that is remiss in his work, A brother he [is] to a destroyer.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Even one that is slack in his work is brother to him that is a destroyer.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 18:9


18:9 Is brother - Though they take several paths, yet both come to one end.


Discussion for Proverbs 18:9

  • MOMODU ALEYE JOSHUA for verse 9
    When a man is lazy in his business or whatever he does he is a brother to a great waster as they have a common heritage of purverty since he will not take his work serious and will not have a value for both time and any ammount of money he recieves so laziness and waste are the brother in heritage
  • Larry Gulliver for verse 9
    I had teouble understanding this verse at first but now I get it, thank you brother Harry. Laziness is brother to destruction in that when you don't take care of things they become neglected and thus eventually are destroyed. For example: if a kid has a toy and never puts it away in the toybox like he/she should, the toy could get stepped on or kicked. Thus the toy suffers the same damage as it would from the child's brother who just throws it down the stairs. Neglect is nearly as bad as abuse.
  • HARRY ALLISON for verse 9
    No work, no eat! JESUS said that we would have to work, and by our sweat and work we would eat...SLOTHFULNESS breeds addictions, and I believe that charitable services ie disability checks can be seriously taken for granted.

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