Translations Leading to Treasure
“He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.” Proverbs 18:9 (NKJV)
“Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism.” Proverbs 18:9 (MSG)
“He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer and he who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide.” Proverbs 18:9 (AMP)
As you can see, I have the same proverb listed out in five different bible translations. This is a good method to us if you do not have the resources to seek out the original context of a verse by looking back at it in its language of origin and then decipher the full meaning of the text. By looking at various translations you can compare and contrast them to one another and thus find out a more rounded picture of the text from the various eyes and minds of those who have looked at the original text and interpreted it in their own words. (By the way, a great resource to find alternative bible translations is www.biblegateway.com.)
As you can see above, the verse in Proverbs 18:9 describe the actions of a person and then it gives a more complete picture of the character of that person.
Here is the compare and contrast of these translations:
- slothful = slack = lazy = slack & sloppy = loose, slack & negligent
- destroyer = destroys = vandal = destroyer & suicidal
To take this exercise one step further you can also look up the meanings of these words in the dictionary and see how they expand your understanding of the words.
- slothful = one who is disinclined to work
- slack = one who is lacking in activity
- lazy = one who is unwilling to work or use energy
- sloppy = one who is careless and unsystematic
- loose = one who is lacking moral restraint
- negligent = one who fails to take proper care in doing something
- destroy = one who puts an end to the existence of something by damaging or attacking it
- vandal = one who willfully or maliciously defaces or destroys public or private property
- suicidal = one who is dangerous to oneself or to one's interests; self-destructive
Can you see the greater truth here? God is so good to those who dig deep to find the treasure in His word and being negligent in taking are of our bodies, our minds, and our spirits will all lead to a self-determined death!