- Proverbs 6:11-15
- Prov 6:11 (KJB)
- So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an
- Here Solomon speaks of one who travels, that is, in eastern
understanding it is a highwayman, one who waits in hiding to attack and
steal from an unsuspecting traveler on the road. This highwayman has nothing
and must continue to steal to survive. Solomon is also making a comparison
that the life of the lazy man is akin to the life of the thief. The lazy man
does nothing to better himself and hopes to live on handouts and sympathy.
The one who travels loses everything to the highwayman and that is what
happens to lazy people, they lose everything. The thief lives his life from
robbery to robbery and does nothing to try and improve his life. The lazy
man becomes like the man with the shield, that he wants everything he sees
and the man with the shield will steal and not be resisted. The lazy man
wants to earn his keep by doing nothing and living on the sympathy of others
in hopes that he will get everything he wants by means of a symphony of one
lie upon another to cover his laziness.
(Prov 22:13 KJV) The slothful man saith, There is a lion
without, I shall be slain in the streets. The lazy
man makes all kinds of excuses just as we see in Proverbs 22:13. Lazy people
are great at anticipatory excuses when it comes to working or commitment.
- Prov 6:12 (KJB)
- A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward
- Naughty - Corrupt
- Froward - Perverse or distorted
- Here Solomon speaks about the traits of the unsaved man. He is one that
is corrupted by sin and that corruption increases his wickedness. Then out
of the wickedness of his heart, he speaks perverse or distorted things. He
takes the truth and twists it to his benefit. This is what the lazy person
does also. They take the reality of the situation and begin to distort it to
their benefit and after a while, even they begin to believe their lies
sourced in their laziness.
- Prov 6:13 (KJB)
- He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with
- The evil person sends signals with his eyes. He may be hiding the evil
in his heart with certain eye gestures or he may be sending signals to an
accomplice in his evil deeds. He may also use his feet to designate a signal
to someone. He may also stamp his feet or something to that effect to show
his disdain about something. He may use his finger to point at someone or
something and in these ways may avoid any speech which may indict him for
some crime. The evil person will always come up with some type of system to
protect himself from criminal indictment. In the Mafia, the boss would give
a nod and the person he was nodding about would mean that he was to be
killed. The lazy person also sets himself up with systems to protect his
- Prov 6:14 (KJB)
- Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief
continually; he soweth discord.
- Frowardness - Perversity
- Deviseth - This word is in the Qal stem and means to “prepare, arrange,
- The unsaved man is living in perversity, as we read that is what is in
his heart. Out of the heart comes the issues of life and the issue of evil
is always coming out of the heart of the wicked man. This evil heart will
cause him to continually devise mischief. The wicked man is always scheming
about his next engagement in a criminal venture. This person is an expert at
causing strife between two people or between others. He sows discord and
when the time is right, he will then step in with the answer, which of
course, will be to his own benefit. This is the essence of the evil heart as
it brings discord and heartache to others.
- Prov 6:15 (KJB)
- Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be
broken without remedy.
- Calamity - Distress
- Broken - Break into pieces or shatter
- Here Solomon tells his son that that those who take up a life of crime
will not go unpunished. They may go for a while and think that they are
impervious to getting caught, but at a time they least expect it, their end
will come and they will be shattered suddenly and without warning. One can
never live a life of crime and expect to get away with it. It is the same
principle with the lazy man, he may live the lazy life a while but soon he
will face the reality of his laziness head on and that may come to him
suddenly and because he was lazy for so many years, he will be devastated.
This is why Solomon wanted his son to study the ants, because their
diligence teaches a powerful lesson for life.