(Pro 24:33 KJV) Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
Is there any difference between “sleep” (8142) and “slumber” (8572)? My first response is, “No.” What was interesting was that out of the ten times the words are used in Proverbs, only one was in a positive way. Should I be relieved that the word “nap” was not used?
Is sleep necessary? Obviously. Can it be abused and used as a way of avoiding situations that need to be faced? Obviously. This reminds us that there are many things in life that are generally good but can be misused, or overused, to produce evil. I think of the mixed messages about honey in Proverbs. Consider that sacrifice can be turned from atonement to abomination.
So? Someone said to me recently that it is easier to deal with things like alcohol addiction than it is with gluttony. The reason is you can totally abstain from alcohol but you cannot go without food. The problem is moderation. We are challenged to live a balanced life, not to be fanatics.