Proverbs 6:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 6:4, NIV: Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.

Proverbs 6:4, ESV: Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber;

Proverbs 6:4, KJV: Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

Proverbs 6:4, NASB: Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids;

Proverbs 6:4, NLT: Don't put it off; do it now! Don't rest until you do.

Proverbs 6:4, CSB: Don't give sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids.

What does Proverbs 6:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When someone is obligated to a bad lending arrangement, having cosigned for someone unreliable or for an excessive amount of interest, Solomon urges swift action. He urges his son not to sleep or slumber until he resolves the issue of being the cosigner (Proverbs 6:1–3). In other words, he should not let a night pass before seeking to be released from the loan. The risks associated with such a promise are too dire to leave unresolved.

The Bible applies a similar sense of urgency to the matter of salvation. Procrastination should not be considered when God calls upon a sinner to be saved. Proverbs 27:1 states "Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring." Second Corinthians 6:2 states: "Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation." Also, Hebrews 4:7 says, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts" as in the time of Israel's refusal to believe God during the wilderness wanderings.

Jesus told the story of a rich man who died and went to hell. He wanted Abraham to send Lazarus to his five brothers to warn them not to end up in hell (Luke 16:22–31).