Proverbs 20:21
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English Standard Version
An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

King James Bible
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

American Standard Version
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The inheritance gotten hastily in the beginning, in the end shall be without a blessing.

English Revised Version
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Webster's Bible Translation
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end of it shall not be blessed.

Proverbs 20:21 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

15 There is indeed gold, and many pearls;

     But a precious treasure are lips full of knowledge.

In order to find a connection between this proverb and that which precedes, we need only be reminded of the parable of the merchantman who sought goodly pearls, Matthew 13:45. The proverb rises to a climax: there is gold, and there are pearls in abundance, the one of which has always a higher value than the other; but intelligent lips are above all such jewels - they are a precious treasure, which gold and all pearls cannot equal. In a similar manner the N.T. places the one pearl above the many goodly pearls. So might דעת (chokma) be called the pearl above all pearls (Proverbs 3:15; Proverbs 8:11); but the lips as the organ of knowledge are fittingly compared with a precious vessel, a vessel of more precious substance than gold and pearls are.

Proverbs 20:21 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

gotten

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

Proverbs 28:20,22 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that makes haste to be rich shall not be innocent...

1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts...

but

Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

Proverbs 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increases his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

Job 27:16,17 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay...

Habakkuk 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say...

Zechariah 5:4 I will bring it forth, said the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief...

Malachi 2:2 If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name, said the LORD of hosts...

Cross References
Proverbs 20:20
If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.

Proverbs 20:22
Do not say, "I will repay evil"; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.

Proverbs 21:6
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.

Proverbs 28:20
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

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