Proverbs 3:28
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New International Version
Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back tomorrow and I'll give it to you"-- when you already have it with you.

New Living Translation
If you can help your neighbor now, don't say, "Come back tomorrow, and then I'll help you."

English Standard Version
Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.

New American Standard Bible
Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you.

King James Bible
Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't say to your neighbor, "Go away! Come back later. I'll give it tomorrow"--when it is there with you.

International Standard Version
Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back. I will pay you tomorrow," when you have cash with you.

NET Bible
Do not say to your neighbor, "Go! Return tomorrow and I will give it," when you have it with you at the time.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when you have possessions, do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again tomorrow, and I shall give to you.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you have the good thing with you, do not tell your neighbor, "Go away! Come back tomorrow. I'll give you something then."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not say unto thy neighbour, Go and come again and tomorrow I will give when thou hast it by thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Say not unto your neighbor, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when you have it with you.

American King James Version
Say not to your neighbor, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when you have it by you.

American Standard Version
Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, And to-morrow I will give; When thou hast it by thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Say not to thy friend: Go, and come again: and to morrow I will give to thee: when thou canst give at present.

Darby Bible Translation
Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to-morrow I will give, when thou hast it by thee.

English Revised Version
Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Say not to thy neighbor, Go, and come again, and to-morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

World English Bible
Don't say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again; tomorrow I will give it to you," when you have it by you.

Young's Literal Translation
Say not thou to thy friend, 'Go, and return, and to-morrow I give,' And substance with thee.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:27-35 Our business is to observe the precepts of Christ, and to copy his example; to do justice, to love mercy, and to beware of covetousness; to be ready for every good work, avoiding needless strife, and bearing evils, if possible, rather than seeking redress by law. It will be found there is little got by striving. Let us not envy prosperous oppressors; far be it from the disciples of Christ to choose any of their ways. These truths may be despised by the covetous and luxurious, but everlasting contempt will be the portion of such scorners, while Divine favour is shown to the humble believer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - The precept of this and that of the preceding verse are very closely related. The former precept enjoined the general principle of benevolence when we have the means; this carries on the idea, and is directed against the postponement of giving when we are in a position to give. In effect it says, "Do not defer till tomorrow what you can do today." This "putting off" may arise from avarice, from indolence, or from insolence and contempt. These underlying faults, which are incompatible with neighbourly good wilt, are condenmed by implication. Unto thy neighbour; l'reayka, "to thy friends," the word being evidently used distributively. Reeh is "a companion" or "friend" (cf. Vulgate, amico tuo; Syriac, sodali tuo), and generally any other person, equivalent to the Greek ὁ πλησίον, "neighbour." The Authorized Version correctly renders "come again," as shav is not merely "to return," but to return again to something (so Delitzsch); cf. Vulgate, revertere; and as the words, "tomorrow I will give thee," show. The LXX. adds, "For thou knowest not what the morrow may bring forth," probably from Proverbs 17:1. If viewed in respect of the specific claims which servants have for work done, the precept is a re-echo of Leviticus 29:13 and Deuteronomy 24:15. In illustration of the general scope of the passage, Grotius quotes, "A slow-footed favour is a favour without favour." Seneca says in the same spirit, "Ingratum est beneficium quod diu inter manus dantis haesit," "The benefit is thankless which sticks long between the hands of the giver" (Seneca, 'Benef.,' 1:2); cf. also Bis dat qui cito dat.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Say not unto thy neighbour,.... Either to whom thou art indebted, and who comes for the payment of a just debt; or to any poor and indigent person that applies for alms:

go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; go home, and come tomorrow, and I will pay thee what I owe thee; or do not trouble me now, come another time, and perhaps I may relieve thy wants: this should not be said, because a man cannot be sure of tomorrow that he shall ever see it; nor may it be in the power of his hands, should he live unto the morrow, to do as he promises; his substance may be taken from him; and besides, in the mean time, the poor object may perish for want of relief;

when thou hast it by thee; money to pay thy debts with, or to give alms to the poor; and therefore should give readily and at once, and not make any excuses and delays; "bis dat, qui cito dat". Some make this to be part of the covetous man's words, saying, "and there is with thee"; or thou hast enough, thou hast no need to ask of me; thou hast what thou askest; thou art not in want; thou art richer than I; but the other sense is best. The Septuagint and Arabic versions add,

"for thou knowest not what the day following may bring forth;''

or may happen on it.



Proverbs 3:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
Blessed is He who Finds Wisdom
27Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it. 28Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you. 29Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you.…
Cross References
Leviticus 19:13
"'Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. "'Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.

Deuteronomy 24:15
Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin.
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