Proverbs 12:11
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New International Version
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.

King James Bible
He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

Darby Bible Translation
He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread; but he that followeth the worthless is void of understanding.

World English Bible
He who tills his land shall have plenty of bread, but he who chases fantasies is void of understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is tilling the ground is satisfied with bread, And whoso is pursuing vanities is lacking heart,

Proverbs 12:11 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He that tilleth his land - God's blessing will be in the labor of the honest agriculturist.

But he that followeth vain persons - He who, while he should be cultivating his ground, preparing for a future crop, or reaping his harvest, associates with fowlers, coursers of hares, hunters of foxes, or those engaged in any champaign amusements, is void of understanding; and I have known several such come to beggary.

To this verse the Septuagint add the following clause: 'ov estin en oinwn diatribaiv, en toiv eautou ocurwmasi kataleiqei atimian. "He who is a boon companion in banquets, shall leave dishonor in his own fortresses." This has been copied by the Vulgate and the Arabic. That is The man who frequents the ale-house enriches that, while he impoverishes his own habitation.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

tilleth

Proverbs 13:23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

Proverbs 14:4,23 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox...

Proverbs 27:27 And you shall have goats' milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and for the maintenance for your maidens.

Proverbs 28:19 He that tills his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that follows after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to the ground; for out of it were you taken: for dust you are...

Psalm 128:2 For you shall eat the labor of your hands: happy shall you be, and it shall be well with you.

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good...

1 Thessalonians 4:11,12 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you...

2 Thessalonians 3:8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but worked with labor and travail night and day...

he that followeth

Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, consent you not.

Proverbs 4:14,15 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men...

Proverbs 6:32 But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he that does it destroys his own soul.

Proverbs 7:7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

Proverbs 9:6,13 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding...

Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Judges 9:4 And they gave him three score and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baalberith, with which Abimelech hired vain and light persons...

Psalm 26:4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

John 2:8 And he said to them, Draw out now, and bear to the governor of the feast. And they bore it.

Titus 1:10,11 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision...

Library
The Many-Sided Contrast of Wisdom and Folly
'Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3. A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Having Confidence in God when Evil Words are Cast at Us
"My Son, stand fast and believe in Me. For what are words but words? They fly through the air, but they bruise no stone. If thou are guilty, think how thou wouldst gladly amend thyself; if thou knowest nothing against thyself, consider that thou wilt gladly bear this for God's sake. It is little enough that thou sometimes hast to bear hard words, for thou art not yet able to bear hard blows. And wherefore do such trivial matters go to thine heart, except that thou art yet carnal, and regardest
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

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