Proverbs 28:20
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New International Version
A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

New Living Translation
The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.

English Standard Version
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

New American Standard Bible
A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.

King James Bible
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A faithful man will have many blessings, but one in a hurry to get rich will not go unpunished.

International Standard Version
The faithful man will prosper with blessings, but whoever is in a hurry to get rich will not escape punishment.

NET Bible
A faithful person will have an abundance of blessings, but the one who hastens to gain riches will not go unpunished.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Many are the blessings of a faithful man and an evil one will not be spared in his evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A trustworthy person has many blessings, but anyone in a hurry to get rich will not escape punishment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The man of truth shall abound with blessings, but he that makes haste to be rich shall not be absolved.

King James 2000 Bible
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that makes haste to be rich shall not go unpunished.

American King James Version
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that makes haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

American Standard Version
A faithful man shall abound with blessings; But he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be unpunished.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A faithful man shall be much praised: but he that maketh haste to be rich, shall not be innocent.

Darby Bible Translation
A faithful man aboundeth with blessings; but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

English Revised Version
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be unpunished.

Webster's Bible Translation
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

World English Bible
A faithful man is rich with blessings; but one who is eager to be rich will not go unpunished.

Young's Literal Translation
A stedfast man hath multiplied blessings, And whoso is hasting to be rich is not acquitted.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

28:18. Uprightness will give men holy security in the worst times; but the false and dishonest are never safe. 19. Those who are diligent, take the way to live comfortably. 20. The true way to be happy, is to be holy and honest; not to raise an estate suddenly, without regard to right or wrong. 21. Judgment is perverted, when any thing but pure right is considered. 22. He that hastens to be rich, never seriously thinks how quickly God may take his wealth from him, and leave him in poverty. 23. Upon reflection, most will have a better opinion of a faithful reprover than of a soothing flatterer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - A faithful man shall abound with blessings. "Faithful," as in Proverbs 20:6, one on whom one can depend, honest and upright. Septuagint, ἀξιόπιστος. The blessings signified are such as come from God and man. Men will utter his name with praise and benediction (comp. Job 29:8, etc.), and God will show his approval by sending material prosperity. He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent (comp. ver. 22, and note there; Proverbs 13:11; Proverbs 20:21; Proverbs 21:5). One who is only anxious to become quickly rich, and is unscrupulous as to means, cannot be "a faithful man," and therefore cannot be blessed. Instead of "innocent," many expositors render "unpunished" (as Proverbs 17:5), which better contrasts with the blessings mentioned in the first hemistich, though the two ideas are coordinate. On this haste of covetousness, Juvenal writes ('Sat.,' 14:173) -

"Inde fere scelerum causae; nec plura venena
Miscuit aut ferro grassatur saepius ullum
Humanae mentis vitium, quam saeva cupido
Immodici census; nam dives qui fieri vult,
Et cito vult fieri. Sed quae reverentia legum,
Quis metus aut pudor est unquam properantis avari?"
The Septuagint waters down the gnome, "But the wicked shall not be unpunished."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A faithful man shall abound with blessings,.... Or, "a man of faithfulness" (u). A very faithful man, that is truly so; that is so in a moral sense; true to his work, makes good his promises, fulfils his contracts, abides by the obligations he lays himself under; is faithful in every trust reposed in him, be it greater or lesser matters, in every station in which it is, and throughout the whole course of his life. Such a man abounds with the blessings and praises of men; all value him, and speak well of him: and with the blessings of divine Providence; he is "much in blessings" (w), as it may be rendered; as in receiving blessings from God, so in giving them to men; such a man is usually charitable and beneficent. And it may be understood of one that is faithful, in a spiritual and evangelic sense; for of such characters are the followers of the Lamb, Revelation 17:14. It is in the original, "a man of truths" (x); one that has the truth of grace in him; that knows the grace of God in truth; with whom the truth of the Gospel is; who has learnt it, known it, embraced it, values it, and abides by it; and who has a concern with Christ, who is the truth, who is formed, lives, and dwells in his heart; of whom he has made a good profession, and holds it fast, and whom he cleaves unto. The character of "faithful" belongs both to the true ministers of Christ, who preach the pure Gospel, and the whole of it; who seek not to please men, but God; and not themselves, and their own glory, but the things of Christ, and his glory; and continue to do so in the face of all opposition: and to private Christians, the faithful in Christ Jesus; who truly believe in him, stand by his truths, abide by his ordinances, and are faithful to one another, and continue so till death: these abound with the blessings of the covenant of grace, with all spiritual blessings in Christ, with the fulness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ; they have an abundance of grace in them, given them in conversion, faith, hope, love, humility, and many other graces, in the exercise of which they are made to abound; and they have an abundance of blessings of grace bestowed on them, pardon of sin, a justifying righteousness, adoption, meetness for and right unto eternal life; they have Christ, and all things along with him; so that they may be truly said to have all things, and abound;

but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent; he that is over anxious, and immoderately desirous of being rich, and pursues every method of obtaining his desires, with all his might and main; that labours night and day for it; though he takes no criminal nor unlawful methods, properly so called, nor does he do anything injurious to others, yet he is not innocent; that too much anxiety in him is criminal; nor is he free from covetousness; see Proverbs 23:4; and if he uses any unjust and unlawful means to acquire wealth, and resolves to be rich, right or wrong, "per fas, per nefas", he shall not be innocent, neither before God nor men: so the Targum renders it,

"he that runs into iniquity, that he may be rich;''

and indeed when a man hastily, or in a short time, becomes rich, though he cannot be directly charged with fraud and injustice, yet he is not innocent in the minds of men, or free from their suspicious and jealousies of him. A man that makes haste to be rich is opposed to him that is faithful and true to his word and contracts, and is the same that Juvenal (y) calls "avarus properans"; see 1 Timothy 6:9.

(u) "vir fidelitatum", Vatablus, Merceras, Piscator, Gejerus, Michaelis. (w) "multus benedictionibus", Montanus, Vatablus, Baynus, Michaeiis. (x) "Vir veritatum", Montanus. (y) Satyr. 14. v. 178.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. maketh haste … rich—implying deceit or fraud (Pr 20:21), and so opposed to "faithful" or reliable.

Proverbs 28:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Righteous are as Bold as a Lion
19He who tills his land will have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty. 20A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished. 21To show partiality is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.…
Cross References
Matthew 24:45
"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?

Matthew 25:21
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

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.

Proverbs 10:6
Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

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

Proverbs 20:21
An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.

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

Proverbs 28:22
The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.
Treasury of Scripture

A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that makes haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

faithful

Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful …

1 Samuel 22:14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful …

Nehemiah 7:2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, …

Psalm 101:6 My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell …

Psalm 112:4-9 To the upright there rises light in the darkness: he is gracious, …

Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom …

Luke 16:1,10-12 And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, …

1 Corinthians 4:2-5 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful…

Revelation 2:10,13 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

but

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

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

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

Proverbs 23:4 Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom.

2 Kings 5:20-27 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my …

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

innocent or unpunished

Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: and he that is glad …

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