Saturday, May 3, 2008

A word about hard workers

As the summer approaches so does the increase of customers for my business. As I was reading proverbs the past few days, I found myself "drawn" to all the texts that speak of diligence and the synonyms and antonyms which are to be included in any serious discussion of the topic. Here are some verses that have encouraged me in my work-
  • Prov 10:4-5
    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.
  • Prov 12:24
    24 The hand of the diligent will rule,But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
  • Prov 13:4
    4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.
  • Prov 21:5
    5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
  • Prov 6:6-11
    6 Go to the ant, you sluggard ;consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander,no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
    9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard ?When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber,a little folding of the hands to rest — 11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
  • Prov 10:26
    26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,so is a sluggard to those who send him.
  • Prov 15:19
    19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,but the path of the upright is a highway.
  • Prov 19:24
    24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
  • Prov 20:4
    4 A sluggard does not plow in season;so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
  • Prov 22:13
    13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside!"or, "I will be murdered in the streets!"
  • Prov 24:30-34
    30 I went past the field of the sluggard ,past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; 31 thorns had come up everywhere,the ground was covered with weeds,and the stone wall was in ruins. 32 I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: 33 A little sleep, a little slumber,a little folding of the hands to rest — 34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
  • Prov 26:14-16
    14 As a door turns on its hinges,so a sluggard turns on his bed.
    15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
    16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly.

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