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Sunday, May 3 2015

Proverbs 6: How Do Sluggards Violate The Fourth Commandment?

"How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard?"

The English-language word "sluggard" originated from an Old English word, slugge, that meant slow. It came to be used as a term for slow-moving snails, particularly the shell-less variety known as slugs. From "slug" came the word "sluggard" that was used to refer to "habitually lazy and inactive" people - which is perhaps unfair to slugs because they are the way they are by their created nature (i.e. they are doing what is right for them), while human sluggards are wrongly the way they are by choice.

"Sluggard" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-tsale, that means indolent i.e. "disinclined to work or exertion." The actual Hebrew word is exclusively about people who choose to be lazy.

Notice how "sluggard," as it is used in the Holy Scriptures, while involving a refusal to work, is actually a direct defiance of the Ten Commandments (see the Fact Finder question below): "The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason."


"10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him." (Proverbs 10:26 KJV)

"13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat." (Proverbs 13:4 KJV)

"20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing." (Proverbs 20:4 KJV)

"26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. 26:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. 26:14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. 26:15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. 26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason." (Proverbs 26:12-16 KJV)

So too, "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise."

"6:1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, 6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. 6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. 6:4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. 6:5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 6:7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 6:8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

6:9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 6:10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 6:11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

6:12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. 6:13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; 6:14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. 6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

6:20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 6:21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. 6:22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: 6:24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. 6:25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. 6:26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. 6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? 6:28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? 6:29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.

6:30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; 6:31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. 6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. 6:33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. 6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 6:35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts." (Proverbs 6:1-35 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is the Fourth Commandment actually two Commandments? How do "sluggards" violate the Fourth Commandment?
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This Day In History, May 3

495: Pope Gelasius proclaimed that his papal authority was superior to the civil authority of Emperor Enanstasius. The Church of Rome, the papacy, and most of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines were the invention of the Roman emperors - primarily Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperors and Popes).

1410: Alexander V (Pietro di Candia) died at age 71. He was antipope 1409-1410 during a period of 3 popes (see Antipopes) at the same time (the other 2 were Pope Gregory XII and Antipope Benedict XIII). He reigned only 10 months and his death came under suspicious circumstances; some believe that he was poisoned by his successor, Antipope John XXIII.

John McCrae 1481: The most powerful of a series of three earthquakes struck the island of Rhodes (see also The Colossus of Rhodes). The death toll was 30,000 people.

1494: Christopher Columbus first sighted the island known today as Jamaica. All of the four voyages of Columbus were to the islands of the Caribbean; none were to what calls itself "America" today (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1500: Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral landed in Brazil and claimed it for Portugal.

1512: The 5th Lateran Council (18th ecumenical council) opened in Rome under Pope Julius II.

1616: The Second Civil War in France ended after the Treaty of Loudun was signed.

1660: John II Casimir of Poland abandoned his claim to Sweden and signed the Treaty of Oliva, ending the Polish-Swedish War of Succession.

1747: During the War of The Austrian Succession, the British defeated the French at the first Battle of Cape Finisterre.

1791: King Stanislaw Augustus signed a liberal bill of rights reforming gentry-ruled Poland and setting up a constitutional monarchy. It was only the second written constitution in the world after the United States.

1802: Washington, D.C. was incorporated as a city.

1808: During the Peninsular War, Madrid rebels were executed near Príncipe Pío hill.

1830: The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened in Kent, England. It was the first steam-powered passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.

1841: New Zealand was proclaimed a British colony.

1859: France declared war on Austria.

1860: Charles XV of Sweden-Norway was crowned king of Sweden.

1867: The Hudson's Bay Company ceded all claims of Vancouver Island to Canada.

1915: During the First World War (1914-1918), Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian army medical officer, wrote the poem In Flanders Fields while overlooking the grave of a fellow officer at Ypres, Belgium. The poem first appeared in Punch magazine December 8 1915. McCrae himself did not survive the war.

1916: The rebel leaders of the Easter Rising were executed in Dublin.

1926: U.S. marines invaded Nicaragua to defend U.S. banana-business interests in the country after the Nicaraguan people's government began defending the rights of their agricultural laborers. The "banana republic" (the term originated from those military invasions that were committed at the request of private corporations) military occupation lasted for 7 years, until an obedient puppet government was installed.

1963: In Alabama, police used attack dogs and fire hoses against black civil rights protestors, including children. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Alabama's segregation laws were unconstitutional less than 3 weeks later, on May 20.

1978: The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (later known as "spam") was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation to every ARPANET address on the US west coast.

1979: Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of Britain.

1993: Authorities said they had identified the body of David Koresh from charred remains found after their church buildings were burned to the ground during the siege at Waco in February.

2001: The U.S. lost its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.


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