Proverbs 21:5
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New International Version
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

New Living Translation
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

English Standard Version
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

New American Standard Bible
The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.

King James Bible
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor.

International Standard Version
Plans of the persistent surely lead to productivity, but all who are hasty will surely become poor.

NET Bible
The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The thoughts of the elect one are trusting and those of the evil one cause want.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The plans of a hard-working person lead to prosperity, but everyone who is [always] in a hurry ends up in poverty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness, but of every one that is too hasty, only to want.

King James 2000 Bible
The thoughts of the diligent lead only to plenty; but of everyone that is hasty, only to want.

American King James Version
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

American Standard Version
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; But every one that is hasty hasteth only to want.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The thoughts of the industrious al- ways bring forth abundance: but every sluggard is always in want.

Darby Bible Translation
The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty, only to want.

English Revised Version
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness: but every one that is hasty hasteth only to want.

Webster's Bible Translation
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

World English Bible
The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit; and everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty.

Young's Literal Translation
The purposes of the diligent are only to advantage, And of every hasty one, only to want.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:1 The believer, perceiving that the Lord rules every heart as he sees fit, like the husbandman who turns the water through his grounds as he pleases, seeks to have his own heart, and the hearts of others, directed in his faith, fear, and love. 2. We are partial in judging ourselves and our actions. 3. Many deceive themselves with a conceit that outward devotions will excuse unrighteousness. 4. Sin is the pride, the ambition, the glory, the joy, and the business of wicked men. 5. The really diligent employ foresight as well as labour. 6. While men seek wealth by unlawful practices, they seek death. 7. Injustice will return upon the sinner, and will destroy him here and for ever. 8. The way of mankind by nature is froward and strange.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness. Patient industry is rewarded by a certain increase (comp. Proverbs 12:11; Proverbs 13:11; Proverbs 14:23). Says an English maxim, "Diligence is a fair for tune, and industry a good estate," The Greek gnomists have said tersely -

Απαντα τὰ καλὰ τοῦ πονοῦντος γίγνεται
Τῷ γὰρ πονοῦντι καὶ Θεὸς συλλαμβάνει

"To him who labours all good things accrue
The man who labours God himself assists."
But of every one that is hasty only to want. Diligence is contrasted with hastiness. The hasting to be rich by any, even nefarious, means (Proverbs 20:21; Proverbs 28:20) will bring a man to poverty. There are numerous proverbs warning against precipitancy, which will occur to everyone: Festina lente; "More haste, less speed;" "Eile mit Weile."

Προπέτεια σολλοῖς ἐστὶν αἰτία κακῶν. (See a long dissertation on Festinatio praepropera in Erasmus's 'Adagia.') This verse is omitted in the chief manuscripts of the Septuagint.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness,.... A man that is thoughtful and studious, and wisely forms schemes in his mind, and diligently pursues them; the issue of it is, generally speaking, prosperity and plenty: such a man is usually thriving and flourishing; and this holds good in things spiritual, as well as in things temporal, Matthew 25:29;

but of everyone that is hasty only to want; that is in haste to be rich, and is resolved to be so, right or wrong, he comes at last to poverty and want: or he who is rash and precipitate in acting, who never thinks before he acts, but rashly engages in an affair; or, however, does not give himself time enough to think it over, but, as soon as ever it has entered his thoughts, he immediately attempts to put it in execution; a man so thoughtless and inconsiderate, so rash and hasty, brings himself and family to poverty; see Proverbs 20:21.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. The contrast is between steady industry and rashness (compare Pr 19:2).

Proverbs 21:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The King's Heart is in the Lord's Hand
4Haughty eyes and a proud heart, The lamp of the wicked, is sin. 5The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty. 6The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:4
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Proverbs 13:4
A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

Proverbs 19:2
Desire without knowledge is not good-- how much more will hasty feet miss the way!

Proverbs 28:22
The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.
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The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

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Proverbs 10:4 He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the …

Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of …

Proverbs 27:23-27 Be you diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds…

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 …

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Proverbs 20:21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end …

Proverbs 28:22 He that hastens to be rich has an evil eye, and considers not that …

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