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Adam and Fallen Man

Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. . . . How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? . . . My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life. 

Mentions of sluggards and the slothful occur over a dozen times in Proverbs, emphasizing the pitfalls of laziness (see also 24:30–34; 26:13–16). Industriousness was especially valued in small ancient communities, where individual effort was necessary to collective well-being.

Son is translated from the Hebrew noun bēn, rendered children hundreds of times in Scripture. Psalms 82:6 declares, for instance, “All of you are children [bēn] of the most High.”

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Resources cited in this issue

Cit. 1: Alter, Robert. The Hebrew Bible, Vol. 1, The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary. New York and London. W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.

Cit. 3: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 3, Introduction to Hebrew Poetry, Job, Psalms, Introduction to Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 5: Meyers, Carol, Toni Craven, and Ross Shepard Kraemer, et al., eds. Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001; Barton, John, and John Muddiman, eds. The Oxford Bible Commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Cit. 7: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Letters of John and Jude. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Letters of John and Jude. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.

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