Hebrew Teaching on Diligence and Follies
The two words, wisdom, and folly are inseparable; they cannot be away from each other. Folly is the act of having the knowledge of the benefits of making a good choice, but rather choosing the wrong or foolish decision. Diligence is the act of being aware of something. Therefore, one who often postpones activities and comes up with excuses is lazy (Hindson & Yates, 2012). The Hebrew wisdom books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Songs of Songs, and Psalms covers teachings on diligence, folly, wisdom, and laziness. Proverbs explains the differences between wisdom and folly as well as diligence and laziness clearly.
According to Proverbs, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,” (Proverbs. 6:6 – 7, King James Version). The ant in this verse is diligent; there is no command that directs it. The ant goes an extra mile to collect food in preparation for the summer. The book of Proverbs describes a lazy person as sluggard, “As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.” (Proverbs. 26:14). A comparison of the sluggard and the door is evident, the lazy man is waiting for someone to wake him up and tell him to work (Hindson, 2003). In the end, the sluggard will not harvest, while the ant because of its diligence will reap bountifully.
Secondly, the book of proverbs explains the imaginations, dreams, and aspirations that individuals have at personal level. (Proverbs. 21:25), “the craving of a sluggard will be his death, because his hands refuse to work” This verse points that the dreams of the lazy one will lead him to death. The sluggard’s dreams are not realizable, only if he jumps out of bed and do work (Hindson, 2003). He is consistently unproductive and lazy, when hunger strikes, he has nothing to eat. The ant however, has full store of harvest in readiness. This is because of the ant’s wisdom and diligence, the sluggard fails due to his laziness and follies.
The classic example in the book of (Proverbs. 22:6) “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” explains that good parenting will lead to an end positive outcome. A child taught the values of discipline, and respect at a tender age will carry on the teaching to adulthood. The opposite will result to a negative outcome. However, this is not a promise; there is an exception, those with Godly upbringing might not stand up to the values taught to them by their parents in the end (Hindson & Yate, 2012). A diligent parent will adhere to the teaching of this verse, contrast to this, sluggard parents will not adhere to these teachings. The diligent and wise one will have his child upright while the lazy one will not give his child an upright upbringing.
In addition, Hindson & Yate, (2012) describes wealth, poverty, and ways of acquiring them according to the Hebrew wisdom book of proverbs. “He becomes poor who deals with a slack hand: but...