Proverbs 11:29
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New International Version
Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.

New Living Translation
Those who bring trouble on their families inherit the wind. The fool will be a servant to the wise.

English Standard Version
Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.

New American Standard Bible
He who troubles his own house will inherit wind, And the foolish will be servant to the wisehearted.

King James Bible
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who brings ruin on his household will inherit the wind, and a fool will be a slave to someone whose heart is wise.

International Standard Version
Whoever troubles his household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be a servant to the wise.

NET Bible
The one who troubles his family will inherit nothing, and the fool will be a servant to the wise person.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that builds his house with depravity will leave groanings to his children. He that does not remain quietly in his house will distribute the winds to his children and the fool will be Servant to the wise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever brings trouble upon his family inherits [only] wind, and that stubborn fool becomes a slave to the wise in heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind, and the fool shall be slave to the wise of heart.

King James 2000 Bible
He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

American King James Version
He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

American Standard Version
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind; And the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that troubleth his own house, shall inherit the winds: and the fool shall serve the wise.

Darby Bible Translation
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit wind; and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

English Revised Version
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

World English Bible
He who troubles his own house shall inherit the wind. The foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is troubling his own house inheriteth wind, And a servant is the fool to the wise of heart.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:28. The true believer is a branch of the living Vine. When those that take root in the world wither, those who are grafted into Christ shall be fruitful. 29. He that brings trouble upon himself and his family, by carelessness, or by wickedness, shall be unable to keep and enjoy what he gets, as a man is unable to hold the wind, or to satisfy himself with it. 30. The righteous are as trees of life; and their influence upon earth, like the fruits of that tree, support and nourish the spiritual life in many. 31. Even the righteous, when they offend on earth, shall meet with sharp corrections; much more will the wicked meet the due reward of their sins. Let us then seek those blessings which our Surety purchased by his sufferings and death; let us seek to copy his example, and to keep his commandments.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - He that troubleth his own house; he that annoys and worries his family and household by niggardliness, bad management, and captious ill temper. So the Son of Sirach writes (Ecclus. 4:30), "Be not as a lion in thy house, nor frantic (φαντασιοκοπῶν, 'suspicious') among thy servants." Septuagint, "he who has no friendly intercourse (ὁ μὴ συμπεριφερόμενος) with his own house." Shall inherit the wind; he will be the loser in the end; no one will lend him a helping hand, and his affairs will fall to ruin. The fool - the man who acts thus foolishly - shall be servant to the wise of heart; to the man who administers his household matters in a better and more orderly manner (see on Proverbs 12:24). It is implied that the troubler of his own house shall be reduced to such extremity as to have to apply for relief to the wise of heart. The other side of the question is given by the Son of Sirach: "Unto the servant that is wise shall they that are free do service" (Ecclus. 10:25). The prodigal in the parable prayed his father to make him one of his hired servants (Luke 15:19).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that troubleth his own house,.... His family, his wife, and children, and servants; by being bitter to the one, and by provoking the others to wrath, and continually giving out menacing words to the rest; or through idleness, not providing for his family; or through an over worldly spirit, pushing on business, and hurrying it on beyond measure; or through a niggardly and avaricious temper, withholding meat and drink, and clothes convenient for them; see Proverbs 15:27; or through profuseness and prodigality. Such an one

shall inherit the wind; nothing but vanity and emptiness; he shall come to nothing, and get nothing; and what he does, be shall not keep, and on which he cannot live;

and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart; he who has both got and lost his substance in a foolish way shall be so reduced as to become a servant to him who has pursued wise measures, both in getting and keeping what he has; and to whom perhaps the fool formerly stood in the relation of a master. Such a change will be with respect to antichrist and the saints, Daniel 7:25.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. troubleth—as Pr 15:27 explains, by greediness for gain (compare Pr 11:17).

inherit … wind—Even successful, his gains are of no real value. So the fool, thus acting, either comes to poverty, or heaps up for others.

Proverbs 11:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
A False Balance is an Abomination
28He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf. 29He who troubles his own house will inherit wind, And the foolish will be servant to the wisehearted. 30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.…
Cross References
Proverbs 14:19
Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Proverbs 15:27
The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.

Ecclesiastes 5:16
This too is a grievous evil: As everyone comes, so they depart, and what do they gain, since they toil for the wind?
Treasury of Scripture

He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

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Genesis 34:30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, You have troubled me to make me …

Joshua 7:24,25 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, …

1 Samuel 25:3,17,38 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: …

Habakkuk 2:9,10 Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he …

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Ecclesiastes 5:16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall …

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it …

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