A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. Proverbs 19:24 KJV
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
"This passage, as it stands in the English Version, lacks point. It would be better rendered thus :
" A slothful man hideth (rather dippeth) his hand in the dish, and will not," etc. The explanation is simple : Arabs and other Orientals partake of milk and pottage in a very primitive style.
A large wooden bowl is placed before them filled with milk or pottage, as the case may be; and five or six men surround it, each dipping in his hand instead of a spoon, and drinking the liquid out of his palm. They use their hands for spoons in taking milk and pottage, but not, it is said, in drinking water.
With this explanation the passage gains force ; it is impossible, surely, for laziness to go beyond this—the idle fellow dips his hand into the milk or pottage, but is too lazy to lift it to his mouth to feed himself."