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Q. Could you please explain what is meant in Ecclesiastes 4:5: It says “The fool folds his hands and eat his own flesh.”
 
A. This verse describes a slothful character and shows the inevitable fruit of his indolence. The fool sits back and does little or nothing to enrich the lives of others or even to support himself. He lacks an indispensable quality for the full, successful life; he won’t drive himself to produce to love productive work! So, in a figurative sense, he “eats his owns flesh.”

His slothful ways gnaw at the very foundations of his life. He destroys his own character and slights his family. God wants us to be diligent so we can prosper (Prov. 10:4; III John 2).
 
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