Proverbs 21:5

5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

Read Proverbs 21:5 Using Other Translations

The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

What does Proverbs 21:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 21:5

The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness
A man that is thoughtful and studious, and wisely forms schemes in his mind, and diligently pursues them; the issue of it is, generally speaking, prosperity and plenty: such a man is usually thriving and flourishing; and this holds good in things spiritual, as well as in things temporal, ( Matthew 25:29 ) ; but of everyone [that is] hasty only to want;
that is in haste to be rich, and is resolved to be so, right or wrong, he comes at last to poverty and want: or he who is rash and precipitate in acting, who never thinks before he acts, but rashly engages in an affair; or, however, does not give himself time enough to think it over, but, as soon as ever it has entered his thoughts, he immediately attempts to put it in execution; a man so thoughtless and inconsiderate, so rash and hasty, brings himself and family to poverty; see ( Proverbs 20:21 ) .

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