Proverbs 12:27

The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
– Proverbs 12:27

The Proverbs speaks much of diligence and slothfulness. The first phrase shows the slothful man cannot finish what he has started. He has no commitment and perseverance to see a project through (Proverbs 19:24; 26:15). He creates a lot of waste and is left unsatisfied (Proverbs 6:11; 13:4; 21:25-26). The quarry taken in hunting is similar to the image of the harvest. There is a short time to roast it before it spoils. So, the slothful squander opportunities. The contrast expresses a different view by the diligent. All substance got through hard work and great blessing is precious, not to be wasted.

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Proverbs 5:11

And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
– Proverbs 5:11

Mourn means to growl or moan. It is the sound of an animal in distress. Last is the end and so the end of life. Solomon warns that refusing to heed such warnings will bring you to howling misery and regret. The flesh and body being consumed is sometimes thought to be indication of disease but I don’t find that compelling. Giving oneself to pursuing the strange woman is a wasted life and wreaks ruin. This verse pictures one at the end life regretting and lamenting his path and the squandering of youth, strength, and the stable support of a good wife. It is a regret of wasting what cannot be recovered.

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