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Proverbs 15:27

27 The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.

Read Proverbs 15:27 Using Other Translations

He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.
Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live.

What does Proverbs 15:27 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 15:27

He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house
Or "that covets a covetousness" F20, an evil one, as in ( Habakkuk 2:9 ) ; that seeks riches by unlawful means, that gathers the mammon of falsehood, or unrighteousness, as the Targum; he entails a curse and brings ruin and destruction upon his family; the Septuagint and Arabic versions are, he "destroys himself"; or "his own soul", as the Syriac version; it may be understood of a man that is over anxious and eager to be rich, and hurries on business, and gives his servants no proper time for food and rest; (See Gill on Proverbs 11:29); but he that hateth gifts shall live;
that rejects them with abhorrence, when offered to bribe him to pervert judgment, or to do an unjust thing; otherwise gifts may be lawfully received from one friend by another; the sin is when they are given and taken for the sake of doing what is base and sinful; and a man that shakes his hand from receiving gifts on such a basis, he and his family shall prosper and increase in worldly things; and, doing this from a right principle of grace, shall live comfortably in a spiritual sense, and thrive and flourish in his soul, and live an eternal life hereafter; see ( Psalms 16:5 Psalms 16:6 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F20 (eub euwb) "appetens concupiscentiam", Montanus; "qui avaritiam inhiat" Tigurine version; "concupiscens concupiscentiam", Vatablus.
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