Proverbs 1:19
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New International Version
Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.

New Living Translation
Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life.

English Standard Version
Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.

New American Standard Bible
So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.

King James Bible
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Such are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly; it takes the lives of those who receive it.

International Standard Version
Such is the way of all those who seek illicit gain— it takes away the lives of those who possess it.

NET Bible
Such are the ways of all who gain profit unjustly; it takes away the life of those who obtain it!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So are the ways of all who do evil and take the lives of their Masters.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what happens to everyone who is greedy for unjust gain. Greed takes away his life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain which takes away the life of those who possess it.

King James 2000 Bible
So are the ways of everyone that is greedy of gain; which takes away the life of its owners.

American King James Version
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which takes away the life of the owners thereof.

American Standard Version
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; It taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So the wage of every covetous man destroy the souls of the possessors.

Darby Bible Translation
So are the paths of every one that is greedy of gain: it taketh away the life of its possessors.

English Revised Version
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; it taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

Webster's Bible Translation
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; who taketh away the life of its owners.

World English Bible
So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain. It takes away the life of its owners.

Young's Literal Translation
So are the paths of every gainer of dishonest gain, The life of its owners it taketh.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:10-19 Wicked people are zealous in seducing others into the paths of the destroyer: sinners love company in sin. But they have so much the more to answer for. How cautious young people should be! Consent thou not. Do not say as they say, nor do as they do, or would have thee to do; have no fellowship with them. Who could think that it should be a pleasure to one man to destroy another! See their idea of worldly wealth; but it is neither substance, nor precious. It is the ruinous mistake of thousands, that they overvalue the wealth of this world. Men promise themselves in vain that sin will turn to their advantage. The way of sin is down-hill; men cannot stop themselves. Would young people shun temporal and eternal ruin, let them refuse to take one step in these destructive paths. Men's greediness of gain hurries them upon practices which will not suffer them or others to live out half their days. What is a man profited, though he gain the world, if he lose his life? much less if he lose his soul?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - So am the ways of every one that is greedy of gain. The epiphonema or moral of the preceding address. So are the ways, or such is the lot (as Delitzsch), or such are the paths (as Zockler), i.e. so deceitful, so ruinous, are the ways. כֵּן (chen,) is here used as a qualitative adverb. Ways; אָרְחות (ar'khoth), the plural of לֺארַח (orakh), a poet. word, equivalent in the first instance to "way," i.q. דֶרֶך (derekh), and metaphorically applied to any one's ways, his manner of life and its result, and hence lot, as in Job 8:12, and hence the expression coven the three preceding verses. That is greedy of gain (בֹצֵעַ בָּצַע, botsea batsa); literally, concupiscentis concupiscentium lucri; i.e. eagerly longing after gain; he who greedily desires riches (avari, Vulgate). Gain; batsa in pause, from בֶּצַע. (betsa), which takes its meaning from the verb בָּצַע (batsa), "to out in pieces, to break," and hence means properly that which is cut or broken off and taken by any one for himself, and so unjust gain - anything whatever fraudulently acquired, as in Proverbs 28:16, where it is translated "covetousness" (Authorized Version); cf. Isaiah 33:15; Proverbs 15:27. The idea of greed and covetousness enters largely into the word. Which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. The pronoun "which" does not occur in the original. The nominative to "taketh away" (יִקָּת, yikkath) is "gain;" the "unjust gain." (betsa) takes away the life of its owners, i.e. of those who are under its power. Owners thereof (בְּעָלָיו, b'alayo) does not necessarily imply that they are in actual possession of the unjust gain, but rather refers to the influence which the lust for gain exercises over them. The expression in this second hemistich does not mean that the rapacious take the life of their comrades who possess the gain, as Rabbi Salomon; nor as the Vulgate, "the ways of the avaricious man take away the lives of those who possess them." For the phrase, "taketh away the life," as importing a violent taking away, cf. Psalm 31:13; 1 Kings 19:10. The sentiment of the verse is well expressed in 1 Timothy 6:10, "For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

So are the ways of everyone that is greedy of gain,.... That is set upon getting riches in an unlawful way, by robberies and murder; his ways will end in the loss of his own blood and life, and in the loss of his immortal soul; this will be what his wicked ways and course of life will bring him to, and what will his gain profit him then? it would be of no use and service to him could he have gained the whole world;

which taketh away the life of the owners thereof: or who, even every one of those that are greedy of gain, and will be rich at any rate; such stick not to take away the life of the proper owners of that gain, or money they are greedy of, in order to get it into their own possession; and such wicked practices cannot fail of meeting with a just recompence of reward: or "which" covetous gain, or gain gotten in such a wicked manner, will be the cause of the life of the injurious masters and wrong possessors of it being taken away from them, either by the hand of the civil magistrate, or by God himself. These sins of robbery and murder are particularly instanced in, not only because other sins lead unto them, as sabbath breaking, drunkenness, and lewdness, and issue in temporal and eternal ruin; but because they were very common among the Jews at the time that Wisdom, or Christ, was here on earth: to which time the whole passage refers, as appears from the following verses; and that those sins were frequent then is manifest both from Scripture; see Matthew 27:38; and from the confessions of the Jews, who say (z) that forty years before the destruction of the temple the sanhedrim were obliged to remove from place to place, because that murderers increased, and they could not judge and condemn them, for fear of being murdered themselves; and it was because of this great increase they were obliged to stop the beheading of the red heifer (a).

(z) T. Bab. Avodah Zarah, fol. 8. 2.((a) Misnah Sotah, c. 9. s. 9.



Proverbs 1:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Enticement of Sin
18But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives. 19So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.
Cross References
Proverbs 15:27
The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.

Proverbs 1:20
Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square;
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So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which takes away the life of the owners thereof.

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Proverbs 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubles his own house; but he that hates …

Proverbs 23:3,4 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat…

2 Samuel 18:11-13 And Joab said to the man that told him, And, behold, you saw him, …

2 Kings 5:20-27 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my …

Jeremiah 22:17-19 But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness, and …

Micah 2:1-3 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when …

Micah 3:10-12 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity…

Habakkuk 2:9 Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he …

Acts 8:19,20 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, …

1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, …

1 Timothy 6:9,10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

James 5:1-4 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall …

2 Peter 2:3,14-16 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

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Job 31:39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused …

Ecclesiastes 5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches …

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