Proverbs 23:21
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New International Version
for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

New Living Translation
for they are on their way to poverty, and too much sleep clothes them in rags.

English Standard Version
for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.

New American Standard Bible
For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.

King James Bible
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the drunkard and the glutton will become poor, and grogginess will clothe them in rags.

International Standard Version
because drunks and gluttons tend to become poor, and drowsiness will clothe them in rags.

NET Bible
because drunkards and gluttons become impoverished, and drowsiness clothes them with rags.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because he that is drunk with wine and a glutton of meat will be destroyed, and he that sleeps will wear horse cloth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because both a drunk and a glutton will become poor. Drowsiness will dress a person in rags.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty, and drowsiness shall cause them to wear rags.

King James 2000 Bible
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

American King James Version
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

American Standard Version
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because they that give themselves to drinking, and that club together shall be consumed; and drowsiness shall be clothed with rags.

Darby Bible Translation
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; and drowsiness clotheth with rags.

English Revised Version
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

World English Bible
for the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor; and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Young's Literal Translation
For the quaffer and glutton become poor, And drowsiness clotheth with rags.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:19-28 The gracious Saviour who purchased pardon and peace for his people, with all the affection of a tender parent, counsels us to hear and be wise, and is ready to guide our hearts in his way. Here we have an earnest call to young people, to attend to the advice of their godly parents. If the heart be guided, the steps will be guided. Buy the truth, and sell it not; be willing to part with any thing for it. Do not part with it for pleasures, honours, riches, or any thing in this world. The heart is what the great God requires. We must not think to divide the heart between God and the world; he will have all or none. Look to the rule of God's word, the conduct of his providence, and the good examples of his people. Particular cautions are given against sins most destructive to wisdom and grace in the soul. It is really a shame to make a god of the belly. Drunkenness stupifies men, and then all goes to ruin. Licentiousness takes away the heart that should be given to God. Take heed of any approaches toward this sin, it is very hard to retreat from it. It bewitches men to their ruin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - Intemperance leads to prodigality, carelessness, and ruin. And drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. The luxury and excess spoken of above lead to drowsiness and inability to work, and poverty follows as the natural result (comp. Proverbs 19:15; Proverbs 24:33, etc.). The Vulgate still harps on the same string as in the previous verse, "Those who waste time in drinking, and who give picnics (dantes symbola), shall be ruined, and semnolence small clothe with rags." The LXX. introduces a new idea which the Hebrew does not warrant, "For every drunkard and whoremonger shall be poor, and every sluggard shall clothe himself with tatters and rags."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty,.... They consuming their substance upon their bellies, in eating and drinking; see Proverbs 21:17;

and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags; excessive eating and drinking brings drowsiness on men, unfits them for business, and makes them idle and slothful; and spending all on their bellies, they have nothing for their backs, and are clothed in rags; see Proverbs 24:33.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. drowsiness—the dreamy sleep of the slothful.

Proverbs 23:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Consider Diligently what is Before You
20Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; 21For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe one with rags. 22Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.…
Cross References
Matthew 11:19
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is proved right by her deeds."

Proverbs 6:10
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--

Proverbs 6:11
and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

Proverbs 21:17
Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.
Treasury of Scripture

For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

the drunkard

Proverbs 21:17 He that loves pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loves wine and …

Deuteronomy 21:20 And they shall say to the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn …

Isaiah 28:1-3 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious …

Joel 1:5 Awake, you drunkards, and weep; and howl, all you drinkers of wine, …

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written to you not to keep company, if any man that …

1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, …

Galatians 5:21 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the …

Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory …

drowsiness

Proverbs 6:9-11 How long will you sleep, O sluggard? when will you arise out of your sleep…

Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man …

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