The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven men who can answer sensibly.
Proverbs reflect man’s true soul and are written for our admonition and edification. As believers we must accept the Proverbs in that way. A sluggard is a person who is lazy and habitually inactive. “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing”. A sluggard does not care whether something is true or not. By his slothful ways he does not take time to reason what a problem actually is.
If seven trustworthy men can’t persuade the sluggard with truth, he is satisfied with his reasoning and does not take the time to understand the truth. He will not listen to reason of the wise men.
The sluggard believes in his excuses and justifies himself. The seven sensible men can never reason with the sluggard because his heart dictates his folly. Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
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