Here we have the third target of this chapter, the “slothful" (sluggard NASB) (6102). I think this is the lazy person. This seems to be the sluggard chapter. There are four references to sluggards. We find a very similar reference in 22:13,
PRO 22:13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside; I shall be slain in the streets!"The lazy will find any excuse to not move or work.
I think this is OT humor, but like all humor it has some basis in fact. In California we occasionally see a news clip about a bear that has wandered down out of the mountains and it walking down a street in town. It could happen, but the odds are it won’t.
Sluggards are worriers. They focus on all the possible things that could go wrong. I must confess that I am guilty of this. The only solution I know of is to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, be aware of the possibilities and get on with the task.
So what if there is a lion in the street? If God is telling you to get out there it has probably already eaten and is afraid of people. Obedience is better than excuses.