What good things are spoken of the faithful and energetic? "He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of
bread." Prov. 28:19. "The hand of the diligent maketh rich. "Prov.
10:4. "The soul of the diligent shall be made fat." Prov. 13:4.
What is said of the man of opposite characteristics? "He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand." Prov.
10:4. "The soul of the sluggard desireth and hath nothing." Prov. 13:4.
What social distinction is shown between the diligent man and the slothful one? "The hand of the diligent shall bear rule, but the
slothful shall be under tribute." Prov. 12:24.
What honor awaits the diligent man of business? "See thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand
before kings; he shall not stand before mean men." Prov. 22:29.
Give an example of the reward of industry. "And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valor; and Solomon
seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler
over all the charge of the house of Joseph." 1 Kings 11:28.
May we estimate a man's thrift by the condition of his dwelling? "By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through
idleness of the hands the house droppeth through." Eccl. 10:18,
Give a picture of a slack man's farm, as drawn by an eyewitness. "I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the
man void of understanding; and lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and
nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was
broken down." Prov. 24:30, 31.
What lesson did the wise man learn as he noticed these things? "Then I saw and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received
instruction." Prov. 24:32.
Is our work for "the life that now is," closely united with that for
the one to come? "Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord." Rom. 12:11,
What sentence is pronounced against the man who is unfaithful in God's work? "Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully." Jer. 48:10.
In view of the reward to be given at Christ's appearing, what exhortation is given? "Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be
diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot and blameless." 2 Peter 3:14.
What blessed assurance is given such as follow this advice? "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your
calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never
fall; for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into
the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:10, 11.