The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
This verse shows that those who refuse to work are never satisfied.
It’s not that those who are lazy are not capable of working; they just don’t want to. Yet they desperately want to have nice things that require money and labor to acquire.
Verse 26 shows that the righteous—who do labor—share with others. The righteous are not to be consumed with greed, but should be content with what they have (Hebrews 13:5). Those who desire what is not rightfully theirs should labor instead so they can give to others who are genuinely in need (Ephesians 4:28).
To learn more about the benefits of working, read “Hard Work.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Don’t Just Stand There—Do Something!"