Proverbs 20:4

“The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he begge in haruest, and haue nothing.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; Therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The hater of work will not do his ploughing because of the winter; so at the time of grain-cutting he will be requesting food and will get nothing.
- Basic English Bible

The sluggard will not plough by reason of the winter; he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
- Darby Bible

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
- Webster's Bible

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
- World English Bible

Because of winter the slothful plougheth not, He asketh in harvest, and there is nothing.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The sluggard will not plow when winter setteth in; therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Proverbs 20

  • BSP
    Verse 22 shows that we need to wait on God to take care of the unjust things that we go through. He is fully aware of all the factors and he knows best how to deal with such things.
  • Nola Brown
    Proverbs 20:24 - I believe it is emphasizing the impossibility of human-being to understand his actions
  • Irene123
    Thank-you for your concern for His truth. I have known for 50 yrs. His name is Jesus - Acts 2:38. It is nice to see others on here.
  • Mr. Smith
    Irene, God HAS HAD mercy on souls. His name is Jesus and his dying for those souls and sending the Holy Spirit. Now it's up to those very souls to have mercy on themselves by accepting that sacrifice and allowing the H.S. to comfort and guide them into the abundance and joy of the Kingdom of God...which, by the way, is already in us. Luke 17:20-21
  • Irene123
    Pro.20:1 - May God have mercy on souls ................
  • Brianna
    Vs. 1 I believe Carolyn hit it on the head. Good point about the first miracle Jesus performed. When in moderation, wine is an enjoyment. However, as with anything, our loving father warns us about over-indulging.

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