New International Version
Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
King James Bible
Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
Darby Bible Translation
Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
World English Bible
Fraudulent food is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth is filled with gravel.
Young's Literal Translation
Sweet to a man is the bread of falsehood, And afterwards is his mouth filled with gravel.
Proverbs 20:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Bread of deceit is sweet - Property acquired by falsehood, speculation, etc., without labor, is pleasant to the unprincipled, slothful man; but there is a curse in it, and the issue will prove it.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryBread and Gravel
'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Sluggard's Reproof
The Tears of the Penitent.
How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
"Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!"
Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.
He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust.
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