Proverbs 11:25
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New International Version
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

New Living Translation
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

English Standard Version
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

New American Standard Bible
The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.

King James Bible
The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A generous person will be enriched, and the one who gives a drink of water will receive water.

International Standard Version
A generous person will prosper, and anyone who gives water will receive a flood in return.

NET Bible
A generous person will be enriched, and the one who provides water for others will himself be satisfied.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The blessed soul will grow fat and an accursed one will again be cursed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A generous person will be made rich, and whoever satisfies others will himself be satisfied.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The soul who is a blessing unto others shall be made fat, and he that fills shall be filled also himself.

King James 2000 Bible
The liberal soul shall be made rich: and he that waters shall be watered also himself.

American King James Version
The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that waters shall be watered also himself.

American Standard Version
The liberal soul shall be made fat; And he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The soul which blesseth, shall be made fat: and he that inebriateth, shall be inebriated also himself.

Darby Bible Translation
The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

English Revised Version
The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

Webster's Bible Translation
The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

World English Bible
The liberal soul shall be made fat. He who waters shall be watered also himself.

Young's Literal Translation
A liberal soul is made fat, And whoso is watering, he also is watered.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure, and however common such crimes may be, they are an abomination to the Lord. 2. Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. 3. An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. 4. Riches will stand men in no stead in the day of death. 5,6. The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. 7. When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. 8. The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. 9. Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of God's word. 10,11. Nations prosper when wicked men are cast down. 12. A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. 13. A faithful man will not disclose what he is trusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good of society require it. 14. We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. 15. The welfare of our families, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, must not be brought into danger. But here especially let us consider the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even for enemies. 16. A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. 17. A cruel, froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, and should be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. 18. He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. 19. True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. 20. Nothing is more hateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which are here signified. God delights in such as aim and act with uprightness. 21. Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. 22. Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. 23. The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. 24. A man may grow poor by not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comes to nothing. 25. Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. 26. We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. 27. Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - The sentiment of the preceding verse is here carried on and confirmed. The liberal soul; literally, the soul of blessings, the man that blesses others by giving liberally. Shall be made fat (Proverbs 13:4; Proverbs 28:25). The term is used of the rich and prosperous (Psalm 22:29). Septuagint, "Every simple soul is blessed." He that watereth - benefits and refreshes others - shall be watered also himself; shall receive the blessing which he imparts. The Vulgate introduces another idea, Qui inebriat, ipse quoque inebriabitur, where the verb implies rather abundance than excess, as in Proverbs 5:19, etc. The Septuagint departs widely from the present text: "A passionate man is not graceful" (εὐσχήμων), i.e. is ugly in appearance and manner - a sentiment which may be very true, but it is not clear how it found its way into the passage. St. Chrysostom comments upon it in 'Hom.' 17, on St. John. There are some Eastern proverbs on the stewardship of the rich. When a good man gets riches, it is like fruit falling into the midst of the village. The riches of the good are like water turned into a rice field. The good, like clouds, receive only to give away. The rivers themselves drink not their water; nor do the trees eat their own sweet fruit, and the clouds eat not the crops. The garment in which you clothe another will last longer than that in which you clothe yourself. Who gives alms sows one and reaps a thousand.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The liberal soul shall be made fat,.... Or, "the soul of blessing" (c): that is, as the Vulgate Latin version renders it, "the soul which blesseth"; not that merely prays for a blessing upon others, and wishes them well, and gives them good words; but bestows blessings on them, gives good things unto them liberally, cheerfully, and plentifully; and so is a blessing to the poor, and receives a blessing from them again; as such also do from the Lord, by whom they are "made fat"; or are blessed with temporal and spiritual blessings; and are in thriving and flourishing circumstances, both in soul and body. So he that comes full fraught with the blessing of the Gospel of Christ to others is enriched with it himself, and becomes more and more flourishing in gifts and grace;

and he that watereth shall be watered also himself; he that largely shares with others, like a flowing fountain of water, shall have an abundance communicated to him again from God, the inexhaustible fountain of mercies. Watering the plants in Christ's vineyard is one part of the work of a Gospel minister; "I have planted, Apollos watered", &c. 1 Corinthians 3:6; and such who do their work well are watered, rewarded, refreshed, and comforted of God, being largely taught and richly furnished for such service by him; so the Targum,

"and he that teacheth, also he himself shall learn.''

(c) "anima benedictionis", Montanus, Baynus, Cocceius, Michaelis; "anima benedictioni dedita", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. liberal soul—(Compare Margin).

made fat—prospers (Pr 28:25; De 32:15; Lu 6:38).

watereth … watered—a common figure for blessing.

Proverbs 11:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
A False Balance is an Abomination
24There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. 25The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered. 26He who withholds grain, the people will curse him, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

2 Corinthians 9:6
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Samuel 17:28
brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils,

Proverbs 3:9
Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;

Proverbs 3:10
then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Proverbs 11:24
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

Proverbs 28:25
The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.

Isaiah 32:8
But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.
Treasury of Scripture

The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that waters shall be watered also himself.

liberal soul

Proverbs 28:27 He that gives to the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes …

Job 29:13-18 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came on me: and I caused …

Job 31:16-20 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the …

Isaiah 32:8 But the liberal devises liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.

Isaiah 58:7-11 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the …

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 25:34,35 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

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