“The lazy person says.
‘There is a lion in the road!
There is a lion in the streets!’
As a door turns on its hinges,
So does a lazy person in bed.
The lazy person buries a hand in the dish.
He is too tired to bring it back to the mouth.
The lazy person is wiser in self-esteem
Than seven who can answer discreetly.”
In this short section about the lazy people, there is almost a direct repeat of what appeared in chapters 19 and 22 about the lazy man with the lion in the street and the lazy man with his hand in the dish. Both are striking examples of laziness. Afraid to go outside because of some supposed lion and being too tired to put his hand to his mouth to feed himself. This lazy person is only able to turn like hinge on a door, as he turns in his bed. Finally the lazy person is full of self esteem because he thinks that he is better than 7 other discreet people.
“At the window of my house
I have looked out through my lattice.
I saw among the simple ones.
I observed among the youths.
There was a young man without sense.
He passed along the street near her corner.
He took the road to her house,
In the twilight,
In the evening,
At the time of night and darkness.”
Now we find out about the simple person who does not have wisdom. This wonderful father looked out his window. He then saw a simple young man without sense. What was he going to do? This simple one, in the twilight of the evening when night and darkness was coming, passed along the street near the corner that led to her house. Stay tuned for further adventures.
“If I have rejoiced at the ruin of those who hated me,
If I have exulted when evil overtook them,
I have not let my mouth sin.
I have not asked for their lives with a curse.
If those of my tent ever not said
‘O that we might be sated his flesh!’
The stranger has not lodged in the street.
I have opened my doors to the traveler.
If I have concealed my transgressions as others do
By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
Because I stood in great fear of the multitude,
If the contempt of families terrified me,
That I kept silence,
I did not go out of doors.”
Job never rejoiced in the ruin of others, even if they were his enemies. He had never cursed anyone or wished them death. He had always passed the food in his tent so that no one went hungry, that is known as passing the flesh. He never let strangers sleep in the street as he opened his doors to travelers. He never hid any of his transgressions in his bosom. He kept silent about those that terrified him.