John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary

Verse 24 (Proverbs 12:24)

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule ,.... "Shall become rich", so Jarchi interprets it, according to Proverbs 10:4 ; Through diligence men get riches, and through riches they arrive to power and authority over others: from apprentices and journeymen workmen they become masters of their business; diligent men become masters of families, and have servants and workmen under them; become magistrates in cities, and bear rule over their fellow citizens, and are advanced to places of power and authority in the commonwealth; see Proverbs 22:29 ;

but the slothful shall be under tribute ; the "slothful" or "deceitful hand" F12 "Manus fraudulentiae", Michaelis; "dolosa", Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Mercerus, Gejerus; "fraudulenta", Tigurine version, Vatablus. , for so it may be rendered and supplied; for usually such who are slothful, and do not care for business, get their living by deceitful methods, by tricking and sharping; and such become subject to others, to them that are diligent; hence said to be "under tribute", or tributary; because those that are tributary are in subjection to those to whom they pay tribute.

- John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary