Proverbs 12:11
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New International Version
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.

New Living Translation
A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.

English Standard Version
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

New American Standard Bible
He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues worthless things lacks sense.

King James Bible
He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies lacks sense.

International Standard Version
Whoever tills his soil will have a lot to eat, but anyone who pursues fantasies lacks sense.

NET Bible
The one who works his field will have plenty of food, but whoever chases daydreams lacks wisdom.

New Heart English Bible
He who tills his land shall have plenty of bread, but he who chases fantasies is void of understanding.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that cultivates the soil will be filled with bread, and he that runs after futility is devoid of reason.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever works his land will have plenty to eat, but the one who chases unrealistic dreams has no sense.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that tilleth his ground shall have plenty of bread; But he that followeth after vain things is void of understanding.

New American Standard 1977
He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
            But he who pursues vain things lacks sense.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he that follows vain persons is void of understanding.

King James 2000 Bible
He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that follows vain persons is void of understanding.

American King James Version
He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that follows vain persons is void of understanding.

American Standard Version
He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread; But he that followeth after vain persons is void of understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that pursueth idleness is very foolish. He that is delighted in passing his time over wine, leaveth a reproach in his strong holds.

Darby Bible Translation
He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread; but he that followeth the worthless is void of understanding.

English Revised Version
He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons is void of understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

World English Bible
He who tills his land shall have plenty of bread, but he who chases fantasies is void of understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is tilling the ground is satisfied with bread, And whoso is pursuing vanities is lacking heart,
Study Bible
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
10A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel. 11He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues worthless things lacks sense. 12The wicked man desires the booty of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:32
The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.

Proverbs 13:23
Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, But it is swept away by injustice.

Proverbs 28:19
He who tills his land will have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.
Treasury of Scripture

He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that follows vain persons is void of understanding.

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Proverbs 13:23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed …

Proverbs 14:4,23 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the …

Proverbs 27:27 And you shall have goats' milk enough for your food, for the food …

Proverbs 28:19 He that tills his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that follows …

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to …

Psalm 128:2 For you shall eat the labor of your hands: happy shall you be, and …

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working …

1 Thessalonians 4:11,12 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and …

2 Thessalonians 3:8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but worked with labor …

he that followeth

Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, consent you not.

Proverbs 4:14,15 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men…

Proverbs 6:32 But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he …

Proverbs 7:7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a …

Proverbs 9:6,13 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding…

Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools …

Judges 9:4 And they gave him three score and ten pieces of silver out of the …

Psalm 26:4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

John 2:8 And he said to them, Draw out now, and bear to the governor of the …

Titus 1:10,11 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially …

(11) Vain persons.--Or, things, such as "searching for hid treasures" (Proverbs 2:4).

Verse 11. - A contrast between industry and idleness, repeated at Proverbs 28:19. He that tilleth his land. Agriculture was the first of industries, and always highly commended among the Jews, bringing a sure return to the diligent (Proverbs 10:5; Proverbs 20:4; Proverbs 27:18, 23-27; and Ecclus. 20:28). He that followeth after vain persons; rather, vain things; μάταια, Septuagint, empty, useless employments, profitless business, in contrast to active labour on the land. The Vulgate renders, qui sectatur otium, "he who studieth ease;" but the original, reikim, will not bear this meaning. Is void of understanding; he not only, as is implied, will be reduced to poverty, but shows moral weakness and depravity. The Septuagint and Vulgate here introduce a paragraph not found in our Hebrew text: "He who takes pleasure (ὅς ἐστιν ἡδύς) in carouses of wine will leave disgrace in his strongholds (ὀχυρώμασι)" (Isaiah 28:7, 8; Habakkuk 2:16). Probably this verse is derived from the following, with some corruption of the text. He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread,.... This was man's work in innocence; this he was doomed to do with the sweat of his brow after his fall; every man has his land to till, or some calling, work, or business, to be employed in, either civil or sacred; and it becomes him to be diligent therein, and such as are shall not want bread, but shall have a sufficiency of it;

but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding: that neglects his business, loiters away his time, spends it in the company of vain, empty, and unprofitable persons; as he shows himself by such a choice that he is void of understanding, or "wants a heart" (s), to improve his time and talents; so before long it is much if he does not want a piece of bread. Thus he that is concerned to have the fallow ground of his heart ploughed up, and righteousness, truth, and holiness, sown therein, that it may bring forth fruit; or who is careful about the welfare and salvation of his immortal soul, and makes diligent use of all means to promote its spiritual good, shall be filled with the bread of life, shall find it and eat it, to the joy and rejoicing of his heart; and, on the contrary, he that associates himself with vain persons, empty of all that is spiritually good, that have only empty notions of religion; or who attend to the profane and vain boastings of antichrist, and all false teachers; and give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, whose words eat as do a canker; these, as they show themselves to want wisdom, so they are and will be brought into starving and famishing circumstances in a spiritual sense. Jarchi interprets the former clause of a man that is studious in his doctrine, that revolves it in his mind, that he may not forget it; and the Arabic version renders the last clause,

"they that run after false demons, their minds are deficient;''

see Revelation 9:20.

(s) "deficiens corde", Pagninus; "carens corde", Montanus; "deficitur corde", Schultens. 11. The idler's fate is the result of indolence and want of principle (Pr 6:32; 7:7).12:10. A godly man would not put even an animal to needless pain. But the wicked often speak of others as well used, when they would not endure like treatment for a single day. 11. It is men's wisdom to mind their business, and follow an honest calling. But it is folly to neglect business; and the grace of God teaches men to disdain nothing but sin. 12. When the ungodly see others prosper by sin, they wish they could act in the same way. But the root of Divine grace, in the heart of the righteous, produces other desires and purposes. 13. Many a man has paid dear in this world for the transgression of his lips.
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