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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.