Proverbs 13:11
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New International Version
Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

New Living Translation
Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.

English Standard Version
Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

New American Standard Bible
Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases it.

King James Bible
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it.

International Standard Version
Wealth gained dishonestly dwindles away, but whoever works diligently increases his prosperity.

NET Bible
Wealth gained quickly will dwindle away, but the one who gathers it little by little will become rich.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Property that comes by evil will decrease and he that gathers by righteousness will increase.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wealth [gained] through injustice dwindles away, but whoever gathers little by little has plenty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The riches of vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labour shall increase.

King James 2000 Bible
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labor shall increase.

American King James Version
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labor shall increase.

American Standard Version
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; But he that gathereth by labor shall have increase.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Substance got in haste shall be diminished: but that which by little and little is gathered with the hand shall increase.

Darby Bible Translation
Wealth [gotten] by vanity diminisheth; but he that gathereth by manual-labour shall increase [it].

English Revised Version
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall have increase.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase.

World English Bible
Wealth gained dishonestly dwindles away, but he who gathers by hand makes it grow.

Young's Literal Translation
Wealth from vanity becometh little, And whoso is gathering by the hand becometh great.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:6. An honest desire to do right, preserves a man from fatal mistakes, better than a thousand fine-drawn distinctions. 7. Some who are really poor, trade and spend as if they were rich: this is sin, and will be shame, and it will end accordingly. Some that are really rich, would be thought to be poor: in this there is want of gratitude to God, want of justice and charity to others. There are many hypocrites, empty of grace, who will not be convinced of their poverty. There are many fearing Christians, who are spiritually rich, yet think themselves poor; by their doubts, and complaints, and griefs, they make themselves poor. 8. Great riches often tempt to violence against those that possess them; but the poor are free from such perils. 9. The light of the righteous is as that of the sun, which may be eclipsed and clouded, but will continue: the Spirit is their Light, he gives a fulness of joy: that of the wicked is as a lamp of their own kindling, easily put out. 10. All contentions, whether between private persons, families, churches, or nations, are begun and carried forward by pride. Disputes would be easily prevented or ended, if it were not for pride. 11. Wealth gotten by dishonesty or vice, has a secret curse, which will speedily waste it. 12. The delay of what is anxiously hoped for, is very painful to the mind; obtaining it is very pleasant. But spiritual blessings are chiefly intended.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; literally, wealth by a breath; i.e. wealth obtained without labour and exertion, or by illegitimate and dishonest means, is soon dissipated, is not blessed by God, and has no stability. Vulgate, "riches acquired hastily;" Septuagint, "substance gotten hastily with iniquity." This makes the antithesis more marked, the contrast being between wealth gotten hastily and that acquired by diligent labour. Cito nata, cito pereunt, "Quickly won, quickly gone" (see on Proverbs 20:21; 21:5). Says the Greek maxim -

Μὴ σπεῦδε πλουτεῖν μὴ ταχὺς πένης γένῃ

"Haste not for wealth, lest thou be quickly poor." He that gathereth by labour; literally, with the hand, handful after handful. Vulgate, paulatim, "little by little," by patient industry. Labor improbus omnia vincit. Septuagint, "He that gathereth for himself with piety shall be increased." Then is added, "A good man is merciful and lendeth," from Psalm 37:26. The Septuagint here uses the term εὐσέβεια, which is received in St. Paul's pastoral Epistles and St. Peter's, taking the place of the earlier phrase, φόβος Κυρίου,

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished,.... In an unjust or unlawful way, either by robbery and theft, as Aben Ezra; or by fraud and tricking, by overreaching and circumventing others; or by vain practices, as by cards or dice, and by stage playing and the like; or by curious and illicit arts, as necromancy, judiciary astrology, and such like things; whatever is gotten in a wicked way very seldom lasts long; it lessens by little and little till it comes to nothing (f); see Jeremiah 17:11; and sometimes very quickly and suddenly, all at once; thus that mass of riches which the church of Rome has got together by her vain and wicked practices, by her idolatry, pardons, and indulgences, will in one hour come to nought, Revelation 18:17;

but he that gathereth by labour shall increase, or "that gathereth by the hand" or "in it" (g); by hand labour in an honest way, or with the diligent hand, which maketh rich; who labours with his hand and gets by in sufficient to support himself and his family, and to give to the necessities of others; who does not lay it up in coffers, but keeps it in his hand to distribute; such generally thrive and flourish: some copies read it, "he that gathereth, unto the hand" (h), that gathers and puts it into the hands of others; that liberally communicates to the poor; he shall increase, as commonly liberal persons do; so the Targum,

"he that gathereth and giveth to the poor shall increase in substance.''

(f) "De malo quaesitis vix gaudet tertius baeres", Herat. (g) "in manu", Pagninus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "super manu", Gussetius, p. 310. "super manum", Michaelis, Schultens. (h) "Usque ad manum", Montantus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. by vanity—or, "nothingness," that is, which is vain or useless to the public (as card playing or similar vices).

gathereth … labour—(Compare Margin), little by little, laboriously.

Proverbs 13:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Wise Son Heeds his Father's Instruction
10Through insolence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel. 11Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases it. 12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.…
Cross References
Proverbs 13:10
Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 21:6
A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
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Job 27:16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;

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Jeremiah 17:11 As the partridge sits on eggs, and hatches them not; so he that gets …

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

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