He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
– Proverbs 10:4
Aslack hand refers to laxness or slothfulness. It is contrasted with diligent, which refers to definite, determined action. Wisdom teaches that slothfulness tends to poverty (Proverbs 6:9-11; 19:15; 20:4). Wisdom also teaches that diligent work tends to abundance (Proverbs 13:4; 21:5).