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The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. Proverbs 12:24

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 12:24 that "The hand of the diligent[1] shall bear rule[2]: but the slothful <remiyah>[3] shall be under tribute."

We are told that so that we will know why we must pay tribute to rulers and kings.

Christ told us not to be like those governments of other nations which call themselves Benefactors but exercise authority one over the other.

Not being slothful is not about being busy but about being busy with the mission and directives of Christ. The reason people are made Merchandise is because they were slothful in the ways of charity. They were Covetous and not only failed to provide for their parents but also their neighbor in need.

Israelites and Christians were not slothful in congregating together. They did so not for what they could get but for what they could give.

Christ said seek, strive, love one another and not be like the other governments. But the Church was a government and had local and national gatherings. They did this for a reason and were motivated out of love of others. To come in the name of Christ is to come to serve, to set the captive free, not to save ourselves or just get free.

The kingdom appointed by Christ was a well disciplined network of individuals serving one another in faith, hope and charity. They formed a vast network all across Europe and Asia practicing Pure Religion and attending to the Weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith which include caring for the needs of our neighbors, the widows and orphans of our society through Pure Religion in matters of health, education, and welfare. We are NOT to do so by the Covetous Practices of modern governments.

The Way of Christ was not like the way of the world, nor the governments of the gentiles who depend on benefactors who exercise authority. Christ's ministers and true Christians do not depend upon systems of social welfare that force the contributions of the people like the corban of the Pharisees which made the word of God to none effect. Many people have been deceived to go the way of Balaam and the Nicolaitan and out of The Way of Christ.

The Christian conflict of the first century Church appointed by Christ was because they would not apply to the fathers of the earth for benefits but instead relied upon a voluntary network providing a daily ministration to the needy of society through Faith, Hope, and Charity by way of freewill offerings of the people, for the people, and by the people through the perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies according to the ancient pattern of Tuns or Tens.

The modern Christians are in need of repentance.


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Word Study

There are many words translated slothful in the Bible.

Judges 18:9 And they said, Arise, that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are ye still? be not slothful(לצע AyinZtadikLamed)[5] to go, and to enter to possess the land.

The same three letters as a noun with the letter Hey added הלצע AYIN TZADIK LAMED HEI[6] is found in:
Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness <06103> casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Ecclesiastes 10:18 By much slothfulness <06103> the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
The meaning of these letters AYIN TZADIK LAMED HEI:
  • ע AYIN Divine Providence Eye or Well of five states of kindness or severity. [eye, watch]
  • ץ TZADIK The Faith of the Righteous One the foundation of the world "to hunt." [Harvest pant desire]
  • ל LAMED Aspiration of the Heart to learn or direct like a shepherd [Hand prod, staff, whip... tongue]
  • ה HEI Expression--Thought, Speech, Action. Manifest seeds of thought and life.[jubilation window, fence]
We find the same word with a TAV, the mark of God and the letter for faith, instead of the HEI in Proverbs:
Proverbs 31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Strong's number 06104 תולצע ‘atsluwth \@ats-looth’\@ also from 06101; n f; appearing just this once as idleness 1 defined as sluggishness, laziness.

The first two letters ץע ‘ets form the word for tree or wood and timber[7]

If you take the same first two letters which is said to mean tree or wood, which are also the letters for AYIN Divine Providence and ץ TZADIK The Faith of the Righteous One, but add a MEM, the Fountain, instead of a LAMED you get the word םצע ‘atsam which appears as increased 4 times, mighty 4,  … strong 4, more 2, broken his bones, closed, great, mightier, shutteth, stronger once each. Defined as "to be vast, be numerous, be mighty" but also "to shut (the eyes), close (the eyes)". As a noun םצע ‘etsem is translated bone 104, but selfsame 11 times, same 5, body 2, very 2, life 1, strength 1. It is defined "bone, essence, substance".[8] and with the letter HEI it becomes might, strong, substance, power, strength.

There is another word we see for slothful which is הימר rᵉmiyah which consists of the letters Reish Mem Yod Hei and first appears in:

Job 13:7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully <remiyah>[9] for him?
Reish Mem Yod Hei are much different letters than Ayin Tzadik Lamed Hei. Yet in our modern language they are translated slothful to at least some times.. Their meanings are as follows:
  • ר REISH Process of Clarification The "head" or "beginning." [Head... Person head highest]
  • ם MEM Fountain of water a fountain of the Divine Wisdom [massive, overpower chaos]
  • י YUD The Infinite Point of essential good hidden in the tet. [closed hand... Deed work to make]
  • ה HEI Expression--Thought, Speech, Action. Manifest seeds of thought and life.[jubilation window, fence]

It also appears in other verses of Job and in Psalms and Proverbs as well as Jeremiah, Hosea, and Micah but not always translated slothful.[10]

If we go back to the letters and word לצע atsal(AyinZtadikLamed) which appeared in Judges 18:9 we can see the adjective AyinZtadikLamed[11] with the same letters in only in Proverbs:[12]

In Proverbs we also see the word ReishPeiHei[13] Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful<raphah> in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

  • ר REISH Process of Clarification The "head" or "beginning." [Head... Person head highest]
  • ף פ PEI Communication: The Oral Torah The mouth, blow,edge . [Mouth speak open word]
  • ה HEI Expression--Thought, Speech, Action. Manifest seeds of thought and life.[jubilation window, fence]

While the word can certainly include the idea of slothful in context it normally is translated feeble, fail, weaken, with a definition of "to sink, relax, sink down, let drop, be disheartened".


In the New Testament we find the Greek word ὀκνηρός (okneros)[14] in:

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful<okneros> servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Romans 12:11 Not slothful<okneros> in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Philippians 3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed [is] not grievous<okneros>, but for you [it is] safe.

The Greek word is from oknos meaning delay

There is also the Greek νωθρός nothros[15] from the word νόθος nothos meaning illegitimate or bastard[16]

Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful (nothros), but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull (nothros) of hearing.


Quotes

We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty. Marcus Fabius Quintilian

“To spend too much time in studies is sloth.” Francis Bacon

“Greed, envy, sloth, pride and gluttony: these are not vices anymore. No, these are marketing tools. Lust is our way of life. Envy is just a nudge towards another sale. Even in our relationships we consume each other, each of us looking for what we can get out of the other. Our appetites are often satisfied at the expense of those around us. In a dog-eat-dog world we lose part of our humanity.” ― Jon Foreman

“The real difference in the believer who follows Christ and has mortified his will and died after the old man in Christ, is that he is more clearly aware than other men of the rebelliousness and perennial pride of the flesh, he is conscious of his sloth and self-indulgence and knows that his arrogance must be eradicated. Hence there is a need for daily self-discipline.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

“Diligence overcomes difficulties, sloth makes them.” Benjamin Franklin

“Sloth and Silence are a Fool's Virtues” Benjamin Franklin

“Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.” Benjamin Franklin

“Never confuse motion with action.” Benjamin Franklin

“He that cannot obey, cannot command.” Benjamin Franklin

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” Benjamin Franklin

Sloth means awakening with nothing to do and then doing nothing about it. Tim Proust

The Slothful do not have the time to become virtuous or despicable. Thoreau

The slothful are always ready to engage in idle talk of what will be done tomorrow, and every day after. John Lyly

Weariness can snore upon the flint when resting sloth finds the down pillow hard. Shakespeare

Men are generally idle, and ready to satisfy themselves, and intimidate the industry of others, by calling that impossible which is only difficult. Samuel Johnson

Anecdote: "Idleness and laziness; beware of these two enemies. They tarnish life and fill it with boredom, weariness and danger. However barren it might seem to begin a task, never be discouraged. With perseverance, you will come to like what today seems a needless and uninteresting enterprise." Princess Mathilde Bonaparte

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. K.J.B

The scent of Sloth tempts a smug man. James Boswell

The only word to mind that describes my behavior is Sloth. Pinter (Regal quips)

The truly slothful achieve more of less than they did yesterday. Hannah Crowley

The slothful play their idle games while the poor must toil and pay. Vivian R Elder

Flee laziness which while it produces an immediate delight, ends in the sorrow of repentance. And know that nature without exercise is a seed shut up in the pod, and art without practice is nothing. Pietro Aretino

Idleness is the parent of all psychology. Nietzsche

It is the just doom of laziness and gluttony to be inactive without ease and drowsy without tranquility. Samuel Johnson

Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. Benjamin Franklin

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. Jules Renard

No man is so methodical as a complete idler, and none so scrupulous in measuring out his time as he whose time is worth nothing. Washington Irving

The lazy are always wanting to do something. Vauvenargues

The devil tempts all other men, but slothful men tempt the devil. Proverb

By to much sitting still the body becomes unhealthy; and soon the mind. Hyperion

What will be done at anytime will be done at no time. Thomas Fuller

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. Don Marquis

We combat obstacles in order to get repose, and when got, the repose is insupportable. Henry Adams

For the diligent a week has seven days, for the slothful seven tomorrows. Polish Proverb

I plan to procrastinate, but as yet cannot seem to find the time. Anon

Giving praise is the lazy man’s way of providing help and support to the hard at work. Walter Braithwaite

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle. Samuel Johnson

Man like every other animal is by nature indolent. If nothing spurs him on, then he will hardly think, and will behave from habit like an automaton. Einstein

The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can. Liz Smith

Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others. Jules Renard

Don't yield to that alluring witch, laziness, or else be prepared to surrender all that you have won in your better moments. Horace

By his very success in inventing labor saving devices, modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed. Lewis Mumford

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain for himself. Epicurus

The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar, and is shocked by the unexpected: the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition. W. H. Auden

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to it himself. A. H. Weiler

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. Bible quotes 18.9 (K.J.V)

No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken. Emerson

There is no kind of idleness by which we are so easily seduced as that which dignifies itself by the appearance of business. Samuel Johnson

The Slothful

Those who just want to complain and point fingers should know that the Slothful shall be under tribute and should be.

A lot of people think the phrase "Taxation without representation" is in the declaration of independence.

Not so.

They were complaining about "taxation without consent".

Consent was not collective, for America was not yet a democracy. Most of the colonies were talking about being a republic. The word republic did not mean an indirect democracy, but it meant a society of freemen owning their own land and untaxed by all the "World". This meant they had to care for one another by free choice and freewill offerings.

How do they get consent?

Contract.

But that contract may be constructive. Plutarch warned us and Polybius wrote about it even before John the Baptist and Peter.[17] and James [18]

You have to apply for benefits or protection from your liege, to your conscripted Fathers.

It is to him you owe your allegiance. A liege is "concerned with or relating to the relationship between a feudal superior and a vassal."

These covetous applications for benefits and advantage from someone who Exercises authority to be a benefactor to you diminishes your rights or at least the access to them, and it increases the power and authority of your liege.

This is why Paul, James, Jesus, Moses and the Ten Commandments told you not to make either application nor contract with these men who call themselves benefactors, these gods of the world and fathers of the earth but exercise authority one over the other.

A man who called himself a benefactor but who exercised authority one over the other signing the Corban act of the USA
Because to desire their benefits is to covet your neighbor's goods.

These systems were called Corban. Corban in history was either dependent on freewill offerings through what we call charity, or it was a forced offering from those who contract with the rulers who call themselves benefactors but only redistribute wealth by taking from the people by law, by the law of contract and consent.

The same principle of not electing rulers who can exercise authority one over the other is expressed by Jesus' command to his called out ministers in Luke 22:25:

"And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so:"

The Early Church would not apply to benefactors who exercised authority. They were even persecuted for not signing up for the benefits offered by those leaders who called themselves benefactors but exercised authority one over the other. They knew such civil welfare was a snare. But the modern Christians not only says it is okay, they encourage it.

Another man years later signing an extension to the benefits for those who have signed up for a scheme of Corban that makes the word of God to none effect.

2 Peter 2:1 tells us:

"...false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."

The Greek word for "damnable" and "destruction" is the same.

What people often do not realize is that once you sign up with these so called benefactors, they are able to sign for you, because they exercise authority one over the other. Their sin is now your sin, because you have made a contract with them by accepting a benefit at the expense of your neighbor.

Your liberty -- your right to choose -- diminishes as you take away the liberty of your neighbor. Because you covet your neighbor's goods, you become a surety for debt, literally merchandise ... human resources to be used by others for their purposes, like 1 Samuel warned in chapter 8, and God will not hear you when you cry for help, unless you repent.

You cannot just Withdraw consent if there is debt.

Almost all the problems of the world today are connected to this simple disregard for the instructions of Christ about coveting your neighbor's goods through men who exercise authority as if they were a benefactor. As Polybius said you become a nation of savages, a nation of zombies who take are biting one another.

It is time to repent and come together in the spirit of Christ, according to His ways like the early Church.


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== Footnotes ==
  1. 02742 ^ץורח^ charuwts \@khaw-roots’\@ or ^ץרח^ charuts \@khaw-roots’\@ pass. participle of 02782; AV-gold 6, diligent 5, decision 2, threshing instrument 2, sharp 1, sharp things 1, wall 1; 18 adj
    1) sharp-pointed, sharp, diligent
    2) strict decision, decision
    3) trench, moat, ditch
    4) gold (poetical)
  2. 04910 ^לשׁמ^ mashal \@maw-shal’\@ a primitive root; v; AV-rule 38, ruler 19, reign 8, dominion 7, governor 4, ruled over 2, power 2, indeed 1; 81
    1) to rule, have dominion, reign
    1a) (Qal) to rule, have dominion
    1b) (Hiphil)
    1b1) to cause to rule
    1b2) to exercise dominion
  3. 07423 ^הימר^ rᵉmiyah \@rem-ee-yaw’\@ from 07411; n f; AV-deceitful 4, deceitfully 3, deceit 2, slothful 2, false 1, guile 1, idle 1, slack 1; 15 1) laxness, slackness, slackening, deceit, treachery
  4. Matthew 20:25-26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
    Mark 10:42-43 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
    Luke 22:25-26 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
  5. 06101 ^לצע^ ‘atsal \@aw-tsal’\@ a primitive root; v; {See TWOT on 1672} AV-slothful 1; 1 1) (Niphal) to be sluggish
  6. 06103 ^הלצע^ ‘atslah \@ats-law’\@ from 06102; n f; AV-slothfulness 2; 2 1) sluggishness, laziness
  7. 06086 ^ץע^ ‘ets \@ates\@ from 06095; n m; AV-tree 162, wood 107, timber 23, stick 14, gallows 8, staff 4, stock 4, carpenter + 02796 2, branches 1, helve 1, planks 1, stalks 1; 328 1) tree, wood, timber, stock, plank, stalk, stick, gallows 1a) tree, trees 1b) wood, pieces of wood, gallows, firewood, cedar-wood, woody flax
  8. 06106 ^םצע^ ‘etsem \@eh’tsem\@ from 06105; n f; {See TWOT on 1673 @@ "1673c"} AV-bone 104, selfsame 11, same 5, body 2, very 2, life 1, strength 1; 126 1) bone, essence, substance 1a) bone 1a1) body, limbs, members, external body 1b) bone (of animal) 1c) substance, self
  9. 07423 ^הימר^ rᵉmiyah \@rem-ee-yaw’\@ from 07411; n f; {See TWOT on 2169 @@ "2169a"} AV-deceitful 4, deceitfully 3, deceit 2, slothful 2, false 1, guile 1, idle 1, slack 1; 15 1) laxness, slackness, slackening, deceit, treachery
  10. : Job 27:4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit <remiyah>.
    Psalms 32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile <remiyah>.
    Psalms 52:2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully <remiyah>.
    Psalms 78:57 But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful <remiyah> bow.
    Psalms 101:7 He that worketh deceit <remiyah> shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
    Psalms 120:2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful <remiyah> tongue.
    Psalms 120:3 What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false <remiyah> tongue?
    Proverbs 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack <remiyah> hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
    Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful <remiyah> shall be under tribute.
    Proverbs 12:27 The slothful <remiyah> man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
    Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle <remiyah> soul shall suffer hunger.
    Jeremiah 48:10 Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully <remiyah>, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.
    Hosea 7:16 They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful <remiyah> bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
    Micah 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful <remiyah> in their mouth.
  11. 06102 ^לצע^ ‘atsel \@aw-tsale’\@ from 06101; adj; {See TWOT on 1672 @@ "1672a"} AV-slothful 8, sluggard 6; 14 1) sluggish, lazy 1a) sluggard (subst)
  12.  : Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard <06102>; consider her ways, and be wise:
    Proverbs 6:9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard <06102>? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
    Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard <06102> to them that send him.
    Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard <06102> desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
    Proverbs 15:19 The way of the slothfulman is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
    Proverbs 19:24 A slothful <06102> man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
    Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard <06102> will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
    Proverbs 21:25 The desire of the slothful <06102> killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
    Proverbs 22:13 The slothful <06102> man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
    Proverbs 24:30 I went by the field of the slothful <06102>, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
    Proverbs 26:13 The slothful <06102> man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
    Proverbs 26:14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful <06102> upon his bed.
    Proverbs 26:15 The slothful <06102> hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
    Proverbs 26:16 The sluggard <06102> is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
  13. 07503 ^הפר^ raphah \@raw-faw’\@ a primitive root; v; {See TWOT on 2198} AV-feeble 6, fail 4, weaken 4, go 4, alone 4, idle 3, stay 3, slack 3, faint 2, forsake 2, abated 1, cease 1, misc 9; 46 1) to sink, relax, sink down, let drop, be disheartened 1a) (Qal) 1a1) to sink down 1a2) to sink, drop 1a3) to sink, relax, abate 1a4) to relax, withdraw 1b) (Niphal) idle (participle) 1c) (Piel) to let drop 1d) (Hiphil) 1d1) to let drop, abandon, relax, refrain, forsake 1d2) to let go 1d3) to refrain, let alone1d4) to be quiet 1e) (Hithpael) to show oneself slack
  14. 3636 ~ὀκνηρός~ okneros \@ok-nay-ros’\@ from 3635; TDNT-5:166,681; {See TDNT 542} adj AV-slothful 2, grievous 1; 3 1) sluggish, slothful, backward
  15. 3576 νωθρός nothros \@no-thros’\@ from a derivative of 3541; TDNT-4:1126,661; adj AV-dull 1, slothful 1; 2 1) slow, sluggish, indolent, dull, languid For Synonyms see entry 5814
  16. 3541 ~νόθος~ nothos \@noth’-os\@ of uncertain affinity; ; adj AV-bastard 1; 1 1) illegitimate, bastard 2) one born, not in lawful wedlock, but of a concubine or female slave
  17. 2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling [words] of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through much] wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
  18. Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling [words], having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,


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