Proverbs 7:20

20 He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.”

Proverbs 7:20 in Other Translations

20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
20 he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home."
20 He has taken a wallet full of money with him and won’t return until later this month. ”
20 He took a bag of money with him and will come home at the time of the full moon."

Proverbs 7:20 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 7:20

He hath taken a bag of money with him
Or, "in his hand" {a}; either for merchandise, as Gersom; or for defraying: the charges of his journey; and both suppose length of time: if for merchandise, it required time to purchase goods, and see them packed up and sent away; or if for his journey, since it was not a few pieces of money he put in his pocket to defray expenses, but a bag of it he carried in his hand, it shows that he should be out a considerable time; [and] will come home at the day appointed;
and not before: Aben Ezra interprets it, at the beginning of the month, at the new moon, when the moon is covered F2, which Horace F3 calls "tricessima sabbata": but rather it is to be understood of the full moon, as Aquila and the Vulgate Latin version render it; when it is light all night, and so a proper time for travelling home again. Gersom takes it to mean the beginning of the year, when the holy blessed God, parabolically speaking, sits upon a throne to judge the world in righteousness: the Targum calls it the day of the congregation; some fixed festival day, when the congregation meets together; and at such a festival, or appointed time, this good man had fixed for his return, and when, and not before, he would. This she says to remove all fears from the young man of being surprised and caught by her husband. There is an appointed time for Christ's second coming, when he will certainly come, and not before; and which is supposed to be at a great distance of time: and therefore wicked men and seducers, and such as the apostate church of Rome make use of to encourage themselves in their wickedness, in hopes of impunity, put the evil day far away from them; but in the appointed time Christ will come, and call his servants to an account, good and bad.


F1 (wdyb) "in manu sua", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis.
F2 (aokh Mwyl) "in die plenae lunae", V. L. Michaelis; "novilunii", so some in Vatablus, Piscator; "ad diem interlunii", Cocceius, Schultens.
F3 Satirar. l. 1. Sat. 9. v. 69.

Proverbs 7:20 In-Context

18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.
20 He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.”
21 With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose