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Proverbs 21:17

17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.

Read Proverbs 21:17 Using Other Translations

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
Those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.

What does Proverbs 21:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 21:17

He that loveth pleasure [shall be] a poor man
Or "sport"


F3 and pastime, music and dancing, cards and dice, hunting and hawking, and other sensual gratifications; a man that indulges himself in these things, and spends his time and his money in such a way, is very likely to be a poor man, and generally is so in the issue; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich;
that is, that loves them immoderately; otherwise in moderation they may be both loved and used; "wine" and "oil" are put for high living, luxurious feasts, costly entertainments; which being so, and continually made, will not suffer a man to be rich. The sense is, that an epicure, one that makes a god of his belly, that is both a winebibber and a glutton, that indulges to rich eating and drinking, in course lessens his substance, and leaves little for his heir: and this holds good with respect to spiritual as to temporal things; such persons are poor, and not rich in spiritual things, that indulge to carnal pleasure, and the gratification of their sensual appetite.
F3 (hxmv) "laetitiam", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Mercerus, Cocceius, Schultens.
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