A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich (v. 4).
The word, “slack” (Heb. remiya), means, “looseness.” It is taken from the verb, rama, “to loose.” (TWOT) A “slack hand” then is a “negligent, idle” hand. (BDB) It is a hand that is inactive, lazy, lax, and laidback. Hence, the “slack” hand or the lax hand leads to poverty. But the hand of the diligent leads to prosperity.
Can you look at your hand for a moment? Can you honestly say if your hand is slack, loose, lax, laidback, lazy, inactive, and doing nothing? Students, are you slack in your studies? Are you slack in your work? Are you slack in your assigned task? Do you do your job diligently and efficiently?
If you have a slack hand, it will lead you to poverty. But if you have a diligent hand, it will lead you to prosperity.