Jeremiah 17:11
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Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay are those who gain riches by unjust means. When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them, and in the end they will prove to be fools.

King James Bible
As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

Darby Bible Translation
[As] the partridge sitteth on [eggs] it hath not laid, [so] is he that getteth riches and not by right: in the midst of his days shall he leave them, and at his end shall be a fool.

World English Bible
As the partridge that sits on [eggs] which she has not laid, so is he who gets riches, and not by right; in the midst of his days they shall leave him, and at his end he shall be a fool.

Young's Literal Translation
A partridge hatching, and not bringing forth, Is one making wealth, and not by right, In the midst of his days he doth forsake it, And in his latter end -- he is a fool.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

As the partridge - קרא kore. It is very likely that this was a bird different from our partridge. The text Dr. Blayney translates thus: -

(As) the kore that hatcheth what it doth not lay (So is) he who getteth riches, and not according to right.

"The covetous man," says Dahler, "who heaps up riches by unjust ways, is compared to a bird which hatches the eggs of other fowls. And as the young, when hatched, and able at all to shift for themselves, abandon her who is not their mother, and leave her nothing to compensate her trouble, so the covetous man loses those unjustly-gotten treasures, and the fruit of his labor."

And at his end shall be a fool - Shall be reputed as such. He was a fool all the way through; he lost his soul to get wealth, and this wealth he never enjoyed. To him also are applicable those strong words of the poet: -

"O cursed lust of gold! when for thy sake

The wretch throws up his interest in both worlds.

First starved in this, then damned in that to come."

Blair.

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sitteth. or gathered young which she hath not brought forth.
he that.

Jeremiah 5:27,28 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich...

Jeremiah 22:13,17 Woe to him that builds his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that uses his neighbor's service without wages...

Proverbs 1:18,19 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privately for their own lives...

Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labor shall increase.

Proverbs 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubles his own house; but he that hates gifts shall live.

Proverbs 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

Proverbs 28:8,16,20,22 He that by usury and unjust gain increases his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor...

Isaiah 1:23,24 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loves gifts, and follows after rewards: they judge not the fatherless...

Ezekiel 22:12,13 In you have they taken gifts to shed blood; you have taken usury and increase...

Hosea 12:7,8 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loves to oppress...

Amos 3:10 For they know not to do right, said the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.

Amos 8:4-6 Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail...

Micah 2:1,2,9 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it...

Micah 6:10-12 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable...

Micah 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, and the judge asks for a reward; and the great man...

Habakkuk 2:6-12 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say...

Zephaniah 1:9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.

Zechariah 5:4 I will bring it forth, said the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief...

Zechariah 7:9-13 Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother...

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers...

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer...

1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts...

Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

James 5:3-5 Your gold and silver is corroded; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire...

2 Peter 2:3,14 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not...

shall leave.

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days...

Proverbs 23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

Ecclesiastes 5:13-16 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt...

a fool.

Luke 12:20 But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be...

Library
Sin's Writing and Its Erasure
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Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Heath in the Desert and the Tree by the River
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Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

"For what the Law could not Do, in that it was Weak through the Flesh, God Sending his Own Son in the Likeness of Sinful Flesh,
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Appendix xvii. The Ordinances and Law of the Sabbath as Laid Down in the Mishnah and the Jerusalem Talmud.
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Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Cross References
Luke 12:20
"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'

Psalm 49:13
This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings.

Jeremiah 6:13
"From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.

Jeremiah 8:10
Therefore I will give their wives to other men and their fields to new owners. From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.

Jeremiah 22:13
"Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.

Jeremiah 22:17
"But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion."

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