27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

Other Translations of Proverbs 12:27

New International Version

27 The lazy do not roastThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.

English Standard Version

27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.Or but diligence is precious wealth

The Message

27 A lazy life is an empty life, but "early to rise" gets the job done.

New King James Version

27 The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man's precious possession.

New Living Translation

27 Lazy people don't even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 12:27

Commentary on Proverbs 12:27

(Read Proverbs 12:27)

The slothful man makes no good use of the advantages Providence puts in his way, and has no comfort in them. The substance of a diligent man, though not great, does good to him and his family. He sees that God gives it to him in answer to prayer.