Proverbs 11:26
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New International Version
People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God's blessing on the one who is willing to sell.

New Living Translation
People curse those who hoard their grain, but they bless the one who sells in time of need.

English Standard Version
The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.

New American Standard Bible
He who withholds grain, the people will curse him, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.

King James Bible
He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
People will curse anyone who hoards grain, but a blessing will come to the one who sells it.

International Standard Version
People will curse whoever withholds grain, but blessing will come to whoever is selling.

NET Bible
People will curse the one who withholds grain, but they will praise the one who sells it.

New Heart English Bible
People curse someone who withholds grain, but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that withholds produce in affliction they will send away to his enemies, and blessing will be upon the head of him that sells.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People will curse the one who hoards grain, but a blessing will be upon the head of the one who sells it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him; But blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

New American Standard 1977
He who withholds grain, the people will curse him,
            But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that withholds the grain, the people shall curse him, but blessing shall be upon the head of him that sells it.

King James 2000 Bible
He that withholds grain, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that sells it.

American King James Version
He that withholds corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be on the head of him that sells it.

American Standard Version
He that withholdeth grain, the people shall curse him; But blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that hideth up corn, shall be cursed among the people: but a blessing upon the head of them that sell.

Darby Bible Translation
He that withholdeth corn, the people curse him; but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

English Revised Version
He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

World English Bible
People curse someone who withholds grain, but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is withholding corn, the people execrate him, And a blessing is for the head of him who is selling.
Study Bible
A False Balance is an Abomination
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. 27He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.…
Cross References
Genesis 42:6
Now Joseph was the ruler over the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brothers came and bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.

Job 29:13
"The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon me, And I made the widow's heart sing for joy.

Proverbs 24:24
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;
Treasury of Scripture

He that withholds corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be on the head of him that sells it.

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

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

(26) He that withholdeth corn till it has reached an exorbitant price, "the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it" at a fair price. The truth of this is not affected by the fact that the dealer's selfishness is in the long run beneficial to the community by limiting consumption in consequence of the rise in the price of corn.

Verse 26. - He that withholdeth corn. The practice reprehended is not confined to any one time or place. The avaricious have always been found ready to buy corn and other necessary articles of consumption when plentiful, and wait till there was dearth in the market or scarcity in the land, and then sell them at famine prices. Amos sternly reproves this iniquity (Amos 8:4, etc.). It is a sin against justice and charity, and it is said of him who is guilty of it, the people shall curse him (Proverbs 24:24). Such selfishness has often given rise to tumult and bloodshed, and has been punished in a signal manner. The legend of Bishop Hatto shows the popular feeling concerning these Dardanarians, as they were called by Ulpian ('Digest. Justin.,' 47:11.6). Such a one St. Chrysostom ('Hom. in 1 Cor.,' 39) calls "a common enemy of the blessings of the world, and a foe to the liberality of the Lord of the world, and a friend of mammon, or rather his slave." The Septuagint gives a curious rendering: "He who hohleth corn may he leave it for the peoples!" i.e. may neither he nor his heirs be benefited by his store, but may it be distributed among others far and near! That selleth it; literally, that breaketh it, as it is said of Joseph when he sold corn to the Egyptians (Genesis 41:56; Genesis 42:6). He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him,.... That hoards it up for a better price, in hopes of a better market; and does not bring it out, and expose it to sale, when there is a scarcity of it; so the Targum adds, "in famine"; or, "in straits", as the Syriac version; in a time of distress through, famine: this will bring the curse of the poor upon him, who will imprecate the most dreadful things on him and his family. Jarchi interprets it of the law, and of withholding the teaching of it; but it may be better applied to the Gospel, and the withholding the ministration of that, and so causing a famine, not of bread and of water, but of hearing the word of the Lord; which is done by the Papists, by prohibiting Gospel ministers preaching the word; forbidding the people to read it in their own language; locking it up from them in a language they understand not; and so starve the souls of men, which brings upon them a curse;

but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it; at a moderate price, so that the poor may be able to come at it; such will have their blessing; they will wish all happiness to them and their families, here and hereafter. Or, "that breaks" (d) it; separates it from the heap, breaks and grinds it into flour, and then sells it: or imparts it freely; so the Septuagint version, "that communicates": and the Arabic version, "that gives"; and may be fitly applied to a faithful minister of the Gospel, who breaks the bread of life, and freely and plentifully imparts it to the souls of men; and who has the hearty prayers and good wishes of the people to whom he ministers. The master of a family used to break the bread, as Christ often did.

(d) "frangentis", Montanus. 26. Another example of the truth of Pr 11:23; the miser loses reputation, though he saves corn.

selleth it—that is, at a fair price.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.
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