Proverbs 30:8-9

8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

Proverbs 30:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
ESV
8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me,
NLT
8 First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.
MSG
8 Banish lies from my lips and liars from my presence. Give me enough food to live on, neither too much nor too little.
CSB
8 Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need.

Proverbs 30:8-9 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 1 KINGS 17

This chapter begins with a prophecy of Elijah, that there should be want of rain for some years to come, and he is directed to go first to the brook Cherith, where he should be fed by ravens, 1Ki 17:1-7, and afterwards he is sent to a widow at Zarephath, where he, she, and her son, were supported for a considerable time with a handful of meal, and a little oil in a cruse miraculously increased, 1Ki 17:8-16, whose son falling sick and dying, he restored to life, 1Ki 17:17-24.

Proverbs 30:8-9 In-Context

6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
7 “Two things I ask of you, LORD; do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
10 “Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.
11 “There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;

Cross References 4

  • 1. Matthew 6:11
  • 2. Joshua 24:27; Isaiah 1:4; Isaiah 59:13
  • 3. Deuteronomy 6:12; Deuteronomy 8:10-14; Hosea 13:6
  • 4. S Deuteronomy 8:12
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