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DaliObservations of Perceptions:

Diligence vs. Laziness & Wisdom vs. Folly

Diligence as defined by http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/diligence is: “constant and earnest effort to accomplish whatis undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.” [i]  In comparison Laziness is an adjective of the noun lazy as defined byhttp://dictionary.reference.com/browse/laziness?s=t:“averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent.”[ii]

In The Bible there are many references to diligence and laziness. The Book of Proverbs contains a wealth of information on this topic:

“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth (Proverbs 10:4).”[iii]

This verse teaches us not remain idle, that we must work for what we have. Laziness will result in are down fall. This may be both in a material and Spiritual sense.

“The lazy do not roast[a] any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt. (Proverbs 12:27).”[iv]

This verse states a similar message; one must work hard in order for their needs to be met. It uses the analogy of hunting and the rewards of the blessing of feeding off a successful hunt. This metaphor reminds us also that by are deeds we are rewarded, that we cannot back idly waiting for life to happen or to be provided for. We must live a life of action.  It does not say that God will not provide for us but simply states we need to do what we can for ourselves, our family, our nation…

Two synonyms of diligence are work and labor. In Ecclesiastes the Author, King Solomon, has the following comments on work:

“What do people gain from all their labors

    at which they toil under the sun?

4 Generations come and generations go,

    but the earth remains forever.

5 The sun rises and the sun sets,

    and hurries back to where it rises.

6 The wind blows to the south

    and turns to the north;

round and round it goes,

    ever returning on its course.

7 All streams flow into the sea,

    yet the sea is never full.

To the place the streams come from,

    there they return again.

8 All things are wearisome,

    more than one can say.

The eye never has enough of seeing,

    nor the ear its fill of hearing.

9 What has been will be again,

    what has been done will be done again;

    there is nothing new under the sun.

10 Is there anything of which one can say,

    “Look! This is something new”?

It was here already, long ago;

    it was here before our time.

11 No one remembers the former generations,

    and even those yet to come

will not be remembered

    by those who follow them (Ecclesiastes 1:3-11)[v]

What is Solomon saying? The fruit of labors, our deeds, our achievements and our legacy have no meaning and will not bring happiness. Although they are necessary for our survival we need to trust in God first and concern our self with spiritual matters for true satisfaction. The ways of the world lead only to despair and misery.

Solomon Goes on to say In (Ecclesiastes 3:22) “So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?”[vi]

This question-statement of wisdom reminds us to make the best of our situation remembering our time on spent on this world is short lived. We should enjoy our lives, every aspect of it. However, we should not seek to be prideful or worry about leaving a legacy. We do not have a clue what will happen to the work and deeds we leave behind so why worry about it. Live in the moment.

Wisdom is defined in http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/wisdom  in this manner: “the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.”[vii] Folly is defined in http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/folly as “the state or quality of being foolish; lack of understanding or sense.”[viii] In the Book or Proverbs there are numerous illustrations of wisdom and folly:

“The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly (Proverbs 15:14).”[ix]

This scripture reminds us to seek wisdom and at times to remain silent. If one does not have the answer one should remain silent. Truth and knowledge is divinely inspired and at times based on experience. It reminds us to check the validity of our sources and the basis of our information.

In other words one must not keep the company of fools.

“A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord (Proverbs 19:3).”[x]

This passage serves to remind the reader that ignorance and foolish actions not only lead to destruction but angers God.

“The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge (Proverbs 14:18).”[xi]

This comparison teaches us to handle all our affairs in a wise, sober, practical and rational manner.

There are countless other passages on folly and wisdom in Proverbs. Some warn against the evil of the tongue, others against anger and sin.

The book of Psalms also has much to say on Wisdom:

“The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom and their tongues speak what is just (Psalms 37:30).”[xii]

This is a reminder to speak out against what is wrong, to speak the truth and to spread God’s message. It also serves as a refrain from gossip.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise (Psalms 111:10).”[xiii]

This passage serves as a reminder that God is in control of all things. From God true wisdom flows. A wise person keeps his commandments and deserves his honor.

The Bible in general serves as a wealth of information on the topic of diligence vs. laziness and wisdom vs. folly. In the New Testament it states:

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength (1 Corinthians 1:25).”[xiv]

“It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30).”[xv]

1 Corinthians shows us that only by God, Christ and the Holy Spirit, not our own wisdom, are we saved. Wisdom, knowledge, deeds, accolades, and earthly pleasures will not bring you happiness or grant you eternal; life. “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6)[xvi]

In Christ,

Trenton Rindoks


[i] “diligence.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 29 Apr. 2013. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/diligence>.

[ii] “laziness.” Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 29 Apr. 2013. <Dictionary.comhttp://dictionary.reference.com/browse/laziness>.

[iii]http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+10:4&version=NIV .New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

[iv]http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+12:27&version=NIV.New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

[v]http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes%201&version=NIV.Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

[vi]http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes%203:22&version=NIV .Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide

[vii] “wisdom.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 29 Apr. 2013. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/wisdom>.

[viii] “folly.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 29 Apr. 2013. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/folly&gt;.

[ix] http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+15:14&version=NIV.Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

[x] http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+19:3&version=NIV.Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

[xi]http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+14:18&version=NIV .Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+37:30&version=NIV [xii] .Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

[xiii]http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+111:10&version=NIV .Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

[xiv]http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians+1:25&version=NIV .Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians+1:30&version=NIV [xv] .Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

[xvi] http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2014:6-9&version=NIV.Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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