Proverbs 27:20
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.

New Living Translation
Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied.

English Standard Version
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.

New American Standard Bible
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.

King James Bible
Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and people's eyes are never satisfied.

International Standard Version
Sheol and Abaddon are never satiated, and neither are human eyes.

NET Bible
As Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so the eyes of a person are never satisfied.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Sheol and destruction are not full, neither are the eyes of men satisfied.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Hell and decay are never satisfied, and a person's eyes are never satisfied.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Sheol and hell are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

King James 2000 Bible
Sheol and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

American King James Version
Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

American Standard Version
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; And the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hell and destruction are never filled: so the eyes of men are never satisfied.

Darby Bible Translation
Sheol and destruction are insatiable; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

English Revised Version
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; and the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

World English Bible
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; and a man's eyes are never satisfied.

Young's Literal Translation
Sheol and destruction are not satisfied, And the eyes of man are not satisfied.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:15,16. The contentions of a neighbour may be like a sharp shower, troublesome for a time; the contentions of a wife are like constant rain. 17. We are cautioned to take heed whom we converse with. And directed to have in view, in conversation, to make one another wiser and better. 18. Though a calling be laborious and despised, yet those who keep to it, will find there is something to be got by it. God is a Master who has engaged to honour those who serve him faithfully. 19. One corrupt heart is like another; so are sanctified hearts: the former bear the same image of the earthly, the latter the same image of the heavenly. Let us carefully watch our own hearts, comparing them with the word of God. 20. Two things are here said to be never satisfied, death and sin. The appetites of the carnal mind for profit or pleasure are always desiring more. Those whose eyes are ever toward the Lord, are satisfied in him, and shall for ever be so. 21. Silver and gold are tried by putting them into the furnace and fining-pot; so is a man tried by praising him. 22. Some are so bad, that even severe methods do not answer the end; what remains but that they should be rejected? The new-creating power of God's grace alone is able to make a change. 23-27. We ought to have some business to do in this world, and not to live in idleness, and not to meddle with what we do not understand. We must be diligent and take pains. Let us do what we can, still the world cannot be secured to us, therefore we must choose a more lasting portion; but by the blessing of God upon our honest labours, we may expect to enjoy as much of earthly blessings as is good for us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - Hell and destruction are never full. "Hell" is sheol, the under-world, Hades, the place of the departed; "destruction" is the great depth, the second death, personified (see on Proverbs 15:11, where the terms also occur). These "are never satisfied," they are insatiable, all-devouring (comp. Proverbs 30:16; Isaiah 5:14; Habakkuk 2:5). So the eyes of man are never satisfied. The verb is the same in both clauses, and ought to have been so translated. The eye is taken as the representative of concupiscence in general. What is true of "the lust of the eyes" (1 John 2:16) is true of all the senses; the craving for their gratification grows as it is fed. Therefore the senses should be carefully guarded, lest they lead to excess and transgression. "Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity," said the psalmist, "and quicken me in thy way" (Psalm 119:37). The LXX. here introduces a paragraph not in the Hebrew or the Latin Versions: "He that fixes (στηρίζων) his eye [i.e. staring impudently] is an abomination to the Lord, and the uninstructed restrain not their tongue."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hell and destruction are never full,.... The grave, as the word used often signifies; and which may be called "destruction", because bodies laid in it are soon corrupted and destroyed; and though bodies are cast into it and devoured by it, it is ready for more; it is one of the four things which never have enough. The place where Gog is said to be buried is called Hamongog, the multitude of Gog, Ezekiel 39:11; and by the Septuagint there Polyandrion, which is the name the Greeks give to a burying place, because many men are buried there; and with the Latins the dead are called Plures (o), the many, or the more; and yet the grave is never satisfied with them, Proverbs 30:16. Or hell, the place of everlasting damnation and destruction, is meant, which has received multitudes of souls already, and where there is room for more, nor will it be full until the last day;

so the eyes of man are never satisfied; as not the eyes of his body with seeing corporeal objects, but still are desirous of seeing more, and indeed everything that is to be seen, and are never glutted, Ecclesiastes 1:8; so neither the eyes of the carnal mind, or the lusts of it, which are insatiable things, let the objects of them be what they will; as in an ambitious man, a covetous person, or an unclean one.

(o) Plauti Trinum, Acts 2. Sc. 2. v. 14.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. Men's cupidity is as insatiable as the grave.

Proverbs 27:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
19As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man. 20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied. 21The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each is tested by the praise accorded him.…
Cross References
1 John 2:16
For everything in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--comes not from the Father but from the world.

Job 26:6
The realm of the dead is naked before God; Destruction lies uncovered.

Proverbs 15:11
Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD-- how much more do human hearts!

Proverbs 27:19
As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart.

Proverbs 30:15
"The leech has two daughters. 'Give! Give!' they cry. "There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, 'Enough!':

Proverbs 30:16
the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'

Ecclesiastes 1:8
All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.

Ecclesiastes 4:8
There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. "For whom am I toiling," he asked, "and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?" This too is meaningless-- a miserable business!

Habakkuk 2:5
indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples.

Haggai 1:9
"You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the LORD Almighty. "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.
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Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

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Proverbs 23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly …

Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not …

Ecclesiastes 2:10,11 And whatever my eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not …

Ecclesiastes 5:10,11 He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that …

Ecclesiastes 6:7 All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

Jeremiah 22:17 But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness, and …

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust …

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