Diligence

What good things are spoken of the faithful and energetic? "He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread." Prov. 28:19. "The hand of the diligent maketh rich. "Prov. 10:4. "The soul of the diligent shall be made fat." Prov. 13:4.

What is said of the man of opposite characteristics? "He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand." Prov. 10:4. "The soul of the sluggard desireth and hath nothing." Prov. 13:4.

What social distinction is shown between the diligent man and the slothful one? "The hand of the diligent shall bear rule, but the slothful shall be under tribute." Prov. 12:24.

What honor awaits the diligent man of business? "See thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men." Prov. 22:29.

Give an example of the reward of industry. "And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valor; and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph." 1 Kings 11:28.

May we estimate a man's thrift by the condition of his dwelling? "By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through." Eccl. 10:18,

Give a picture of a slack man's farm, as drawn by an eyewitness. "I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; and lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down." Prov. 24:30, 31.

What lesson did the wise man learn as he noticed these things? "Then I saw and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. " Prov. 24:32.

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