Proverbs 1:19
New International Version
Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.

New Living Translation
Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life.

English Standard Version
Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.

Berean Study Bible
Such is the fate of all who are greedy, whose unjust gain takes the lives of its possessors.

King James Bible
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

New King James Version
So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.

New American Standard Bible
Such are the ways of everyone who makes unjust gain; It takes away the life of its possessors.

NASB 1995
So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.

NASB 1977
So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.

Amplified Bible
So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; Greed takes away the lives of its possessors.

Christian Standard Bible
Such are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly; it takes the lives of those who receive it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Such are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly; it takes the lives of those who receive it.

American Standard Version
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; It taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So are the ways of all who do evil and take the lives of their Masters.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
These are the ways of all that perform lawless deeds; for by ungodliness they destroy their own life.

Contemporary English Version
The wealth you get from crime robs you of your life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So the wage of every covetous man destroy the souls of the possessors.

English Revised Version
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; it taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

Good News Translation
Robbery always claims the life of the robber--this is what happens to anyone who lives by violence.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what happens to everyone who is greedy for unjust gain. Greed takes away his life.

International Standard Version
Such is the way of all those who seek illicit gain— it takes away the lives of those who possess it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; It taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

Literal Standard Version
So [are] the paths of every gainer of dishonest gain, "" It takes the life of its owners.

NET Bible
Such are the ways of all who gain profit unjustly; it takes away the life of those who obtain it!

New Heart English Bible
So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain. It takes away the life of its owners.

World English Bible
So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain. It takes away the life of its owners.

Young's Literal Translation
So are the paths of every gainer of dishonest gain, The life of its owners it taketh.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Enticement of Sin
18But they lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush their own lives. 19Such is the fate of all who are greedy, whose unjust gain takes the lives of its possessors.

Cross References
Proverbs 15:27
He who is greedy for unjust gain brings trouble on his household, but he who hates bribes will live.

Proverbs 1:20
Wisdom calls out in the street, she lifts her voice in the square;


Treasury of Scripture

So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which takes away the life of the owners thereof.

every

Proverbs 15:27
He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

Proverbs 23:3,4
Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat…

2 Samuel 18:11-13
And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? and I would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle…

taketh

Job 31:39
If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:

Ecclesiastes 5:13
There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.









(19) So are the ways . . .--The conclusion of the discourse. The same phrase occurs in Job 8:13.

Which taketh away . . .--That is, covetousness takes away the life of him who has this vice in his heart, who is, according to the Hebrew idiom, the "owner" of it. (Comp. similar expressions in Proverbs 22:24; Proverbs 23:2, where an "angry" man and a man "given to appetite" are literally an owner of anger and appetite.)

Verse 19. - So am the ways of every one that is greedy of gain. The epiphonema or moral of the preceding address. So are the ways, or such is the lot (as Delitzsch), or such are the paths (as Zockler), i.e. so deceitful, so ruinous, are the ways. כֵּן (chen,) is here used as a qualitative adverb. Ways; אָרְחות (ar'khoth), the plural of לֺארַח (orakh), a poet. word, equivalent in the first instance to "way," i.q. דֶרֶך (derekh), and metaphorically applied to any one's ways, his manner of life and its result, and hence lot, as in Job 8:12, and hence the expression coven the three preceding verses. That is greedy of gain (בֹצֵעַ בָּצַע, botsea batsa); literally, concupiscentis concupiscentium lucri; i.e. eagerly longing after gain; he who greedily desires riches (avari, Vulgate). Gain; batsa in pause, from בֶּצַע. (betsa), which takes its meaning from the verb בָּצַע (batsa), "to out in pieces, to break," and hence means properly that which is cut or broken off and taken by any one for himself, and so unjust gain - anything whatever fraudulently acquired, as in Proverbs 28:16, where it is translated "covetousness" (Authorized Version); cf. Isaiah 33:15; Proverbs 15:27. The idea of greed and covetousness enters largely into the word. Which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. The pronoun "which" does not occur in the original. The nominative to "taketh away" (יִקָּת, yikkath) is "gain;" the "unjust gain." (betsa) takes away the life of its owners, i.e. of those who are under its power. Owners thereof (בְּעָלָיו, b'alayo) does not necessarily imply that they are in actual possession of the unjust gain, but rather refers to the influence which the lust for gain exercises over them. The expression in this second hemistich does not mean that the rapacious take the life of their comrades who possess the gain, as Rabbi Salomon; nor as the Vulgate, "the ways of the avaricious man take away the lives of those who possess them." For the phrase, "taketh away the life," as importing a violent taking away, cf. Psalm 31:13; 1 Kings 19:10. The sentiment of the verse is well expressed in 1 Timothy 6:10, "For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Such [is]
כֵּ֗ן (kên)
Adverb
Strong's 3651: So -- thus

the fate
אָ֭רְחוֹת (’ā·rə·ḥō·wṯ)
Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 734: A well-trodden road, a caravan

of all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

who are greedy,
בֹּ֣צֵֽעַ (bō·ṣê·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1214: To cut off, break off, gain by violence

whose unjust gain
בָּ֑צַע (bā·ṣa‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1215: Gain made by violence, unjust gain, profit

takes
יִקָּֽח׃ (yiq·qāḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3947: To take

the lives
נֶ֖פֶשׁ (ne·p̄eš)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

of its possessors.
בְּעָלָ֣יו (bə·‘ā·lāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1167: A master, a husband, owner


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