Proverbs 23:4
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New International Version
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.

New Living Translation
Don't wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.

English Standard Version
Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.

New American Standard Bible
Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it.

King James Bible
Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't wear yourself out to get rich; stop giving your attention to it.

International Standard Version
Don't exhaust yourself acquiring wealth; be smart enough to stop.

NET Bible
Do not wear yourself out to become rich; be wise enough to restrain yourself.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not come near a rich man, but in wisdom, separate from him;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not wear yourself out getting rich. Be smart enough to stop.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not labour to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom.

American King James Version
Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom.

American Standard Version
Weary not thyself to be rich; Cease from thine own wisdom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Labour not to be rich: but set bounds to thy prudence.

Darby Bible Translation
Weary not thyself to become rich; cease from thine own intelligence:

English Revised Version
Weary not thyself to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom.

Webster's Bible Translation
Labor not to be rich: cease from thy own wisdom.

World English Bible
Don't weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint.

Young's Literal Translation
Labour not to make wealth, From thine own understanding cease, Dost thou cause thine eyes to fly upon it? Then it is not.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:1-3 God's restraints of the appetite only say, Do thyself no harm. 4,5. Be not of those that will be rich. The things of this world are not happiness and a portion for a soul; those that hold them ever so fast, cannot hold them always, cannot hold them long. 6-8. Do not make thyself burdensome to any, especially those not sincere. When we are called by God to his feast, and to let our souls delight themselves, Isa 25:6; 55:2, we may safely partake of the Bread of life. 9. It is our duty to take all fit occasions to speak of Divine things; but if what a wise man says will not be heard, let him hold his peace. 10,11. The fatherless are taken under God's special protection. He is their Redeemer, who will take their part; and he is mighty, almighty.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 4, 5. - These form a pentastich. Verse 4. - Labour not - weary not thyself - to be rich. John 6:27, "Labour not for the meat that perisheth," where the warning is against that absorbing eagerness for wealth which leads to evil doing and neglect of all higher interests. Cease from thine own wisdom. The wisdom (binah, Proverbs 3:5) is that which is necessary for making and keeping wealth. Vulgate, Prudentiae tuae pone modum. This is not the highest form of wisdom (chochmah), but rather the faculty of distinguishing one thing from another, mere discernment, which may exist without any religious or keen moral sense (see note on Proverbs 16:16, where possibly the contrast is expressed). Talmud, "He who augments his riches augments his cares." Erasmus, 'Adag,,' quotes or writes -

"Jupiter ementitur opes mortalibus ipse,
Sic visum ut fuerit, cuicunque, bonove, malove?
Septuagint, "If thou art poor, measure not thyself (μὴ παρεκτείνου) with a rich man, but in thy wisdom refrain thyself."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Labour not to be rich,.... In an immoderate over anxious way and manner, to a weariness, as the word (u) signifies, and even as to gape for breath men ought to labour, that they may have wherewith to support themselves and families, and give to others and: if they can, lay up for their children; but then persons should not toil and weary themselves to heap up riches when they know not who shall gather them and much less make use of indirect and illicit methods to obtain them; resolving to be rich at any rate: rather men should labour for durable riches, lay up treasure in heaven, seek those things which are above, and labour to be accepted of God both here and hereafter; which only is in Christ. The Targum is,

"do not draw nigh to a rich man;''

and so the Syriac version; to which agree the Septuagint and Arabic versions;

cease from thine own wisdom; worldly wisdom in getting; riches, as if this was the highest point of wisdom; do not be always laying schemes, forming projects, inventing new things in order to get money; or do not depend upon thine own wisdom and understanding and expect to be rich by means thereof; for bread is not always to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, Ecclesiastes 9:11. The Targum is,

"but by thine understanding depart from him;''

the rich man; and to the same purpose the Syriac and Arabic versions.

(u) "ne fatiges", Mercerus, Junius & Tremellius; "ne hiascas", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4, 5. (Compare 1Ti 6:9, 10).

thine own wisdom—which regards riches intrinsically as a blessing.

Proverbs 23:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Consider Diligently what is Before You
3Do not desire his delicacies, For it is deceptive food. 4Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it. 5When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.…
Cross References
Matthew 6:19
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

Mark 4:19
but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

1 Timothy 6:9
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

Proverbs 15:27
The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.

Proverbs 28:20
A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.
Treasury of Scripture

Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom.

labour

Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that makes haste …

John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures …

1 Timothy 6:8-10 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content…

cease

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding.

Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Isaiah 5:21 Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, …

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but …

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