Proverbs 21:26

26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.

Proverbs 21:26 in Other Translations

KJV
26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
ESV
26 All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
NLT
26 Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!
MSG
26 Sinners are always wanting what they don't have; the God-loyal are always giving what they do have.
CSB
26 He is filled with craving all day long, but the righteous give and don't hold back.

Proverbs 21:26 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 21:26

He coveteth greedily all the day long
The slothful man does, as he has nothing to do to employ his time and his thoughts with; he is always craving something to eat and drink, or wishing he had such an estate, or so much wealth and riches, that he might live as such and such persons do; and this is what his head runs upon all the day long; but the righteous giveth and spareth not;
not gives to the slothful, which does not restrain his desire, as Aben Ezra interprets it; but to the poor and necessitous, to proper objects; a good man will work with his hands, that he may have a sufficiency for himself and his family, and may have something to give to others that are in want; and "he spares not", or withholds not his hands, neither from working nor from giving.

Proverbs 21:26 In-Context

24 The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name— behaves with insolent fury.
25 The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable— how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S 2 Samuel 17:27
  • 2. S Leviticus 25:35; Psalms 37:26; Matthew 5:42; Ephesians 4:28