Bibl 105 Essay 350

The books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job are considered the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible. Ancient Jewish scholars believed all practical matters faced in life could use the fear of the Lord to discern wisdom. Diligence, wisdom and laziness are common subjects in the Old Testament but totally opposed. The books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes communicate how important diligence and wisdom are. These two books also teach to avoid laziness and foolishness (folly) because of the consequences of choosing one versus the other. Diligence and wisdom is considered godly, while laziness is viewed as ungodly. Furthermore, as noted by Hindson and Yates (2012), “the contrast between wisdom and folly is often a contrast between righteousness and wickedness” (p. 263).Throughout Proverbs, the life of diligence is contrasted to a life of laziness. Hindson and Yates (2012) wrote, “If these traits are unchecked, people can quickly find themselves in a state of ruin and poverty. Thus, for every person, a choice is presented through the reading of Proverbsbetween following the lifestyle of diligence or one of lazy indifference” (p. 268).The main motivation for diligence should not be personal prosperity, but the fear of the Lord, as seen with the other qualities in the Proverbs. Proverbs 2:1-6 instructs that turning to wisdom and understanding leads to the fear of the Lord, because it is He who gives wisdom to those that seek it. One is diligent because the Lord’s calling to responsibility, and love for Him motivates one to be diligent in working. Proverbs 4:11-13 states that holding fast to discipline will lead to a life of righteousness and happiness (Fox, 2007a). It is clear that hard-working people do much better than lazy ones. The Proverbs are clear that a lazy worker will lose out in the end. Proverbs 10:4-5states, “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. A child who gathersin summer is prudent, but a child who sleeps in harvest brings shame”. Laziness is compared to “vinegar” in Proverbs 10:26. The author of Proverbs points the lazy person towards the ant to learn the wisdom in diligence and earlier planning and warning that slothfulness will lead to

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