Proverbs 13:23
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English Standard Version
The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice.

King James Bible
Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

American Standard Version
Much food is in the tillage of the poor; But there is that is destroyed by reason of injustice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Much food is in the tillage of fathers: but for others it is gathered with out judgment.

English Revised Version
Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed by reason of injustice.

Webster's Bible Translation
Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

Proverbs 13:23 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

17 A godless messenger falls into trouble;

     But a faithful messenger is a cordial.

The traditional text, which the translations also give (except Jerome, nuntius impii, and leaving out of view the lxx, which makes of Proverbs 13:17 a history of a foolhardy king and a wise messenger), has not מלאך, but מלאך; the Masora places the word along with המלאך, Genesis 48:16. And יפל is likewise testified to by all translators; they all read it as Kal, as the traditional text punctuates it; Luther alone departs from this and translates the Hiph.: "a godless messenger bringeth misfortune." Indeed, this conj. יפּל presses itself forward; and even though one read יפּל, the sense intended by virtue of the parallelism could be no other than that a godless messenger, because no blessing rests on his godlessness, stumbles into disaster, and draws him who gave the commission along with him. The connection מלאך רשׁע is like אדם רשׁע, Proverbs 11:7 (cf. the fem. of this adj., Ezekiel 3:18). Instead of בּרע is בּרעה, Proverbs 17:20; Proverbs 28:14, parallels (cf. also Proverbs 11:5) which the punctuators may have had in view in giving the preference to Kal. With מלאך, from לאך, R. לך, to make to go equals to send, is interchanged ציר, from צוּר, to turn, whence to journey (cf. Arab. ṣar, to become, to be, as the vulg. "to be to Dresden equals to journey" is used). The connection ציר אמוּנים (cf. the more simple ציר נאמן, Proverbs 25:13) is like Proverbs 14:15, עד אמונים; the pluralet. means faithfulness in the full extent of the idea. Regarding מרפּא, the means of healing, here to strength, refreshment, vid., Proverbs 4:22; Proverbs 12:18.

Proverbs 13:23 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

food

Proverbs 12:11,14 He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that follows vain persons is void of understanding...

Proverbs 27:18,23-27 Whoever keeps the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waits on his master shall be honored...

Proverbs 28:19 He that tills his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that follows after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

Ecclesiastes 5:9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

destroyed

Proverbs 6:6-11 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise...

Proverbs 11:5,6 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness...

Psalm 112:5 A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Ecclesiastes 8:5,6 Whoever keeps the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment...

Jeremiah 8:7-10 Yes, the stork in the heaven knows her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 21:4
And the elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a valley with running water, which is neither plowed nor sown, and shall break the heifer's neck there in the valley.

Proverbs 12:11
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

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