New American Standard Bible
In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.
King James Bible
In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
Darby Bible Translation
In all labour there is profit; but the talk of the lips tendeth only to want.
World English Bible
In all hard work there is profit, but the talk of the lips leads only to poverty.
Young's Literal Translation
In all labour there is advantage, And a thing of the lips is only to want.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The contrast between a single, thorough deed, and the mere emptiness of speech.
LibrarySatisfied from Self
'... A good man shall be satisfied from himself.'--PROVERBS xiv. 14. At first sight this saying strikes one as somewhat unlike the ordinary Scripture tone, and savouring rather of a Stoical self-complacency; but we recall parallel sayings, such as Christ's words, 'The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water'; and the Apostle's, 'Then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone.' We further note that the text has an antithetic parallel in the preceding clause, where the picture is …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Godly Fear and Its Goodly Consequence
How the Kindly-Disposed and the Envious are to be Admonished.
A Believer's Privilege at Death
Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.
The crown of the wise is their riches, But the folly of fools is foolishness.
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