New American Standard Bible
There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man swallows it up.
King James Bible
There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
Darby Bible Translation
There is costly store and oil in the dwelling of a wise man; but a foolish man swalloweth it up.
World English Bible
There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man swallows it up.
Young's Literal Translation
A treasure to be desired, and oil, Is in the habitation of the wise, And a foolish man swalloweth it up.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Spendeth it up - literally, swalloweth it. The wise man keeps a store in reserve. He gains uprightly, spends moderately, never exhausts himself. But the proverb may have also a higher application. The wise man stores up all "treasure to be desired" of wisdom, all "oil" of divine influence, which strengthens and refreshes, and so is ready at all times for the work to which the Master calls him. Compare Matthew 25:1-13.
LibraryEpistle Cvi. To Syagrius, Ætherius, virgilius, and Desiderius, Bishops .
To Syagrius, Ætherius, Virgilius, and Desiderius, Bishops  . Gregory to Syagrius of Augustodunum (Autun), Etherius of Lugdunum (Lyons), Virgilius of Aretale (Arles), and Desiderius of Vienna (Vienne), bishops of Gaul. A paribus. Our Head, which is Christ, has to this end willed us to be His members, that through the bond of charity and faith He might make us one body in Himself. And to Him it befits us so to adhere in heart, that, since without Him we can be nothing, through Him we may …
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great
"He swallows riches, But will vomit them up; God will expel them from his belly.
"He returns what he has attained And cannot swallow it; As to the riches of his trading, He cannot even enjoy them.
Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures forever.
To endow those who love me with wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.
The crown of the wise is their riches, But the folly of fools is foolishness.
The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.
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