Proverbs 13:11

11 Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

Proverbs 13:11 in Other Translations

11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.
11 Easy come, easy go, but steady diligence pays off.
11 Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it.

Proverbs 13:11 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 13:11

Wealth [gotten] by vanity shall be diminished
In an unjust or unlawful way, either by robbery and theft, as Aben Ezra; or by fraud and tricking, by overreaching and circumventing others; or by vain practices, as by cards or dice, and by stage playing and the like; or by curious and illicit arts, as necromancy, judiciary astrology, and such like things; whatever is gotten in a wicked way very seldom lasts long; it lessens by little and little till it comes to nothing F6; see ( Jeremiah 17:11 ) ; and sometimes very quickly and suddenly, all at once; thus that mass of riches which the church of Rome has got together by her vain and wicked practices, by her idolatry, pardons, and indulgences, will in one hour come to nought, ( Revelation 18:17 ) ; but he that gathereth by labour shall increase,
or "that gathereth by the hand" or "in [it]" F7; by hand labour in an honest way, or with the diligent hand, which maketh rich; who labours with his hand and gets by in sufficient to support himself and his family, and to give to the necessities of others; who does not lay it up in coffers, but keeps it in his hand to distribute; such generally thrive and flourish: some copies read it, "he that gathereth, (de) , unto the hand" F8, that gathers and puts it into the hands of others; that liberally communicates to the poor; he shall increase, as commonly liberal persons do; so the Targum,

``he that gathereth and giveth to the poor shall increase in substance.''


F6 "De malo quaesitis vix gaudet tertius baeres", Herat.
F7 (dy le) "in manu", Pagninus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "super manu", Gussetius, p. 310. "super manum", Michaelis, Schultens.
F8 "Usque ad manum", Montantus.

Proverbs 13:11 In-Context

9 The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.
10 Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
11 Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Proverbs 10:2
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