Proverbs 11:24
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English Standard Version
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.

King James Bible
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

American Standard Version
There is that scattereth, and increaseth yet more; And there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth only to want.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Some distribute their own goods, and grow richer: others take away what is not their own, and are always in want.

English Revised Version
There is that scattereth, and increaseth yet more; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth only to want.

Webster's Bible Translation
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

Proverbs 11:24 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Man consists of body and soul. In regard to both, benevolence brings its reward, and hatred its punishment.

The godless acquires deceptive gain;

But he that soweth righteousness, a true reward.

Jerome makes 18b an independent clause, for he translates it as if the word were written וּלזרע; the Syr. and Targ. also, as if אמתּו שׂכרו (his fidelity is his reward). But according to the text as it stands, עשׂה extends its regimen to both parts of the verse; to make is here equivalent to, to work out, to acquire, περιποιεῖσθαι, as Genesis 31:1; Jeremiah 17:1, etc. The labour of the godless has selfishness as its motive, and what he acquires by his labour is therefore "delusive gain," - it is no blessing, it profits him not (Proverbs 10:2), and it brings him no advantage (Proverbs 10:16). He, on the contrary, acquires truth, i.e., a truly profitable and enduring reward, who sows right-doing, or better: good-doing, by which we also, as the biblical moral in צדקה, think principally of well-doing, unselfish activity and self-sacrificing love. Hosea 10:12 speaks of sowing which has only צדקה as the norm; and how צדקה is understood is seen from the parallel use of חסד [piety]. The "true reward" is just the harvest by which the sowing of the good seed of noble benevolent actions is rewarded.

Proverbs 11:24 Parallel Commentaries

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that scattereth

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he has given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increases his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

Deuteronomy 15:10 You shall surely give him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him...

Psalm 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honor.

Ecclesiastes 11:1,2,6 Cast your bread on the waters: for you shall find it after many days...

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom...

Acts 11:29,30 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers which dwelled in Judaea...

2 Corinthians 9:5-11 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brothers, that they would go before to you, and make up beforehand your bounty...

but

Haggai 1:6,9-11 You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink...

Haggai 2:16-19 Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, there were but ten...

Cross References
2 Corinthians 9:6
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Proverbs 11:23
The desire of the righteous ends only in good, the expectation of the wicked in wrath.

Proverbs 11:25
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

Proverbs 13:7
One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

Proverbs 28:27
Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

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