(Proverbs 6:11 KJV) So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
One of the first Greek vocabulary words I learned was “erkomai”. It was translated both “come” and “go”. Confusing? It was to me. The Hebrew word “come” (935) presents the same choices. It also adds “bring” and “brought” to the mix. I get a picture of an action that involves movement and baggage.
The results of sloth, as it is presented in the previous verses, brings the baggage of “poverty” (7389). Poverty is delivered automatically, not by request. I remember in my youth signing up for a science fiction, book-of-the-month club. The plan was that I would get a notice of the monthly selection and if I did nothing, I would receive it automatically. I would receive the bill just as automatically. I don’t know how many books I received because I was too lazy to return the card saying, “No”.
Poverty is like that. It will be delivered if we do nothing.
So? Make a choice because if you do nothing the club will deliver.