Proverbs 28:22
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English Standard Version
A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.

King James Bible
He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

American Standard Version
he that hath an evil eye hasteth after riches, And knoweth not that want shall come upon him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man, that maketh haste to be rich, and envieth others, is ignorant that poverty shall come upon him.

English Revised Version
He that hath an evil eye hasteth after riches, and knoweth not that want shall come upon him.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

Proverbs 28:22 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Another proverb of the king:

O prince devoid of understanding and rich in oppression!

He that hateth unrighteous gain continueth long.

The old interpreters from the lxx interpret מעשׁקּות רבו as pred. (as also Fleischer: princeps qui intelligentiae habet parum idem oppressionis exercet multum); but why did not the author use the word הוּא or והוּא instead of this ambiguous inconvenient ו? Hitzig regards the first term as a nominative absolute, which does not assume a suffix in the second line. But examples such as 27a, Proverbs 27:7, are altogether of a different sort; there occurs a reference that is in reality latent, and only finds not expression; the clause following the nominative is related to it as its natural predicate, but here 15b is an independent clause standing outside of any syntactical relation to 15a. Heidenheim has acknowledged that here there lies before us a proverb not in the form of a mere declaration, but of a warning address, and thus also it is understood by Ewald, Bertheau, Elster, and Zckler. The accentuation seems to proceed on the same supposition. It is the only passage in the Book of Proverbs where נגיד, of the supreme ruler of the people, and where the plur. תּבוּנות, occur; it is not therefore at all strange if the proverb also has something strange in its formation. Often enough, proverbs are in the form of an address to a son, and generally to their reader; why not also one at least to the king? It is a proverb as when I:say: Oh thou reckless, merry fellow! he who laughs much will sometimes weep long. Thus here the address is directed to the prince who is devoid of all wisdom and intelligence, which are necessary for a prince; but on this account the more earnest in exhortation to say to him that only one who hates defrauding the people attains an old age; thus that a prince who plunders the people wantonly shortens his life as a man, and his position as a ruler (cf. שׁניהם, Proverbs 24:22). The Kerı̂ שׂנא has the tone thrown back on the penult., as the Chethı̂b שׂנאי would also have it, cf. למצאי, Proverbs 8:9. The relation of a plur. subj. to a sing. pred. is as at Proverbs 27:16. Regarding בּצע, vid., under Proverbs 1:19. A confirmation of this proverb directing itself to princes if found in Jeremiah 22:13-19, the woe pronounced upon Jehoiakim. And a glance at the woe pronounced in Habakkuk 2:12, shows how easily Proverbs 28:17 presents itself in connection.

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that hasteth or that hath an evil eye, hasteth to be rich

Proverbs 28:20 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...

an evil

Proverbs 23:6 Eat you not the bread of him that has an evil eye, neither desire you his dainty meats:

Matthew 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good?

Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

and

Genesis 13:10-13 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where...

Genesis 19:17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for your life; look not behind you...

Job 20:18-22 That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be...

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

Cross References
Proverbs 21:5
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Proverbs 22:16
Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Proverbs 23:6
Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy; do not desire his delicacies,

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

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