Proverbs 27:20
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English Standard Version
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.

King James Bible
Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

American Standard Version
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; And the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hell and destruction are never filled: so the eyes of men are never satisfied.

English Revised Version
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; and the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Proverbs 27:20 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This proverb, passing over the three immediately intervening, connects itself with Proverbs 27:9 and Proverbs 27:10. It is directed against cringing, noisy complimenting:

He who blesseth his neighbour with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,

It is reckoned as a curse to him.

The first line is intentionally very heavy, in order to portray the empressement of the maker of compliments: he calls out to another his good wishes with a loud voice, so as to make the impression of deep veneration, of deeply felt thankfulness, but in reality to gain favour thereby, and to commend himself to greater acts of kindness; he sets himself to meet him, having risen up (השׁכּים, adverbial inf. abs.; cf. Jeremiah 44:4 with Jeremiah 25:4) early in the morning, to offer his captatio benevolentiae as speedily as possible; but this salutation of good wishes, the affected zeal in presenting which is a sign of a selfish, calculating, servile soul, is reckoned to him as קללה, viz., before God and every one who can judge correctly of human nature, also before him who is complimented in so ostentatious and troublesome a manner, the true design of which is thus seen. Others understand the proverb after the example of Berachoth 14a, that one ought to salute no one till he has said his morning's prayer, because honour is due before all to God (the Book of Wisdom, 10:28); and others after Erachin 16a, according to which one is meant who was invited as a guest of a generous lord, and was liberally entertained, and who now on the public streets blesses him, i.e., praises him for his nobility of mind - such blessing is a curse to him whom it concerns, because this trumpeting of his praise brings upon him a troublesome, importunate crowd. But plainly the particularity of 'בּקול וגו lays the chief emphasis on the servility manifested; and one calls to mind the case of the clients besieging the doors of their patrons, those clientes matutini, each of whom sought to be the first in the salutatio of his distinguished wealthy patron.

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hell

Proverbs 30:15,16 The horse leach has two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yes, four things say not...

Habakkuk 2:5 Yes also, because he transgresses by wine, he is a proud man, neither keeps at home, who enlarges his desire as hell, and is as death...

never

Proverbs 23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

Ecclesiastes 2:10,11 And whatever my eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor...

Ecclesiastes 5:10,11 He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loves abundance with increase: this is also vanity...

Ecclesiastes 6:7 All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

Jeremiah 22:17 But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence...

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father...

Cross References
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life--is not from the Father but is from the world.

Job 26:6
Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.

Proverbs 15:11
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD; how much more the hearts of the children of man!

Proverbs 27:19
As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.

Proverbs 30:15
The leech has two daughters: Give and Give. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, "Enough":

Proverbs 30:16
Sheol, the barren womb, the land never satisfied with water, and the fire that never says, "Enough."

Ecclesiastes 1:8
All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

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