Proverbs 21:6
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New International Version
A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.

New Living Translation
Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.

English Standard Version
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.

New American Standard Bible
The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.

King James Bible
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Making a fortune through a lying tongue is a vanishing mist, a pursuit of death.

International Standard Version
A fortune gained by deceit is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.

NET Bible
Making a fortune by a lying tongue is like a vapor driven back and forth; they seek death.

New Heart English Bible
Getting treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor for those who seek death.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The effect of a treasure by a lying tongue is even unto destruction; those that seek death will be overthrown.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who gather wealth by lying are wasting time. They are looking for death.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapour driven to and fro; they [that seek them] seek death.

New American Standard 1977
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
            Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of those that seek death.

King James 2000 Bible
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

American King James Version
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

American Standard Version
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by them that seek death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that gathereth treasures by a lying tongue, is vain and foolish, and shall stumble upon the snares of death.

Darby Bible Translation
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting breath of them that seek death.

English Revised Version
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vapour driven to and fro; they that seek them seek death.

Webster's Bible Translation
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro by them that seek death.

World English Bible
Getting treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor for those who seek death.

Young's Literal Translation
The making of treasures by a lying tongue, Is a vanity driven away of those seeking death.
Study Bible
The King's Heart is in the Lord's Hand
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. 7The violence of the wicked will drag them away, Because they refuse to act with justice.…
Cross References
Proverbs 8:36
"But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death."

Proverbs 10:2
Ill-gotten gains do not profit, But righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 13:11
Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases it.

Proverbs 20:21
An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end.
Treasury of Scripture

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

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Proverbs 10:2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers …

Proverbs 20:14,21 It is naught, it is naught, said the buyer: but when he is gone his …

Proverbs 22:8 He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Proverbs 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; …

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

1 Timothy 6:9,10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching …

2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

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Proverbs 8:36 But he that sins against me wrongs his own soul: all they that hate …

Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; …

(6) Is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.--Rather, is (as) the driven (fleeting) breath of those who are seeking death. They are seeking in reality not riches, but death, and these riches will vanish like their own breath. (Comp. Wisdom Of Solomon 5:14; Psalm 68:2).

Verse 6. - The getting of treasures by a lying tongue - the acquisition of wealth by fraud and falsehood - is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death. The latter clause is variously rendered and interpreted. The Hebrew is literally, a fleeting breath, those seeking death. The Revised Version makes the last words a separate proposition, "They that seek them seek death." But this seems unnecessary, and somewhat opposed to the gnomic style, which often combines two predicates in one construction; and there is no reason why we should not render the words, as in the Authorized Version, "of seekers of death." Such a mode of obtaining wealth is as evanescent and unstable as the very breath, and ends in death, which is practically the result of their quest. Thus Wisd. 5:14, "The hope of the ungodly is like dust that is blown away with the wind; like a thin froth that is driven away with the storm; like as the smoke which is dispersed here and there with the tempest, and passeth away. as the remembrance of a guest that tarrieth but a day." Some think that the comparison regards the mirage of the desert, which deceives travellers with the phantasms of cool waters and refreshing shade. Such an allusion is found in Isaiah 35:7. The Talmud enjoins, "Speak no word that accords not with the truth, that thy honour may not vanish as the waters of a brook." The Septuagint and Vulgate have followed a different reading (מוק שׁי־מות), and render thus: Vulgate, Vanus et excors est, et impingetur ad laqueos mortis, "He is vain and foolish, and will be taken in the snares of death;" Septuagint, "pursues vain things unto the snares of death (ἐπὶ παγίδας)" (Proverbs 13:14; Proverbs 14:27). So St. Paul says (1 Timothy 6:9), "They that desire to be rich fall into a into a temptation and a snare (παγίδα), and many foolish and hurtful lusts, such as drown men in destruction and perdition." The getting of treasures by a lying tongue,.... By telling lies in trade; by bearing false witness in a court of judicature; or by preaching false doctrines in the church of God:

is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death: such treasures, though ever so great, are like any light thing, smoke or vapour, straw, stubble, chaff, or a feather, tossed about the wind; which is expressive of the instability uncertainty of riches ill gotten; they do not last long, but are taken away and carried off by one providence or another; and they are likewise harmful and pernicious; they issue in death: and those that seek after them, and obtain them in a bad way, are said to "seek death": not intentionally, but eventually; this they certainly find, if grace prevent not; see Proverbs 8:36. Jarchi reads it, they are the "snares of death" to him; and so the Septuagint version. 6. The getting—or, "what is obtained" (compare Job 7:2; Jer 22:13, Hebrew).

vanity … to and fro—as fleeting as chaff or stubble in the wind (compare Pr 20:17-21; Ps 62:10). Such gettings are unsatisfactory.

them … death—act as if they did (Pr 8:36; 17:19).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.
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