English Standard Version
Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.
King James Bible
Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
American Standard Version
Weary not thyself to be rich; Cease from thine own wisdom.
Labour not to be rich: but set bounds to thy prudence.
English Revised Version
Weary not thyself to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom.
Webster's Bible Translation
Labor not to be rich: cease from thy own wisdom.
Proverbs 23:4 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
A third distich follows:
26 Be not among those who strike hands,
Among those who become surety for loans.
27 If thou hast nothing to pay,
Why shall he take away thy bed from under thee?
To strike hands is equivalent to, to be responsible to any one for another, to stake one's goods and honour for him, Proverbs 6:1; Proverbs 11:15; Proverbs 17:18 - in a word, ערב, seq. acc., to pledge oneself for him (Genesis 43:9), or for the loan received by him, משּׁאה, Deuteronomy 24:10 (from השּׁה, with ב, of the person and accus. of the thing: to lend something to one on interest). The proverb warns against being one of such sureties (write בּערבים with Cod. 1294, and old impressions such as the Venice, 1521), against acting as they do; for why wouldest thou come to this, that when thou cast not pay (שׁלּם, to render a full equivalent reckoning, and, generally, to pay, Proverbs 6:31),
(Note: After Ben-Asher, the pointing is אם־אין־לך; while, on the contrary, Ben-Naphtali prefers אם־אין לך; vid., my Genesis (1869), pp. 74 (under Genesis 1:3) and 81. So, without any bearing on the sense, Ben-Asher points למּה with Tarcha, Ben-Naphtali with Mercha.)
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
1 Timothy 6:9
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.
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