Proverbs 13:11
New International Version
Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

New Living Translation
Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.

English Standard Version
Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Berean Study Bible
Dishonest wealth will dwindle, but what is earned through hard work will be multiplied.

New American Standard Bible
Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases it.

King James Bible
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Christian Standard Bible
Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it.

Contemporary English Version
Money wrongly gained will disappear bit by bit; money earned little by little will grow and grow.

Good News Translation
The more easily you get your wealth, the sooner you will lose it. The harder it is to earn, the more you will have.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it.

International Standard Version
Wealth gained dishonestly dwindles away, but whoever works diligently increases his prosperity.

NET Bible
Wealth gained quickly will dwindle away, but the one who gathers it little by little will become rich.

New Heart English Bible
Wealth gained dishonestly dwindles away, but he who gathers by hand makes it grow.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Property that comes by evil will decrease and he that gathers by righteousness will increase.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wealth [gained] through injustice dwindles away, but whoever gathers little by little has plenty.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; But he that gathereth little by little shall increase.

New American Standard 1977
Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The riches of vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labour shall increase.

King James 2000 Bible
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labor shall increase.

American King James Version
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labor shall increase.

American Standard Version
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; But he that gathereth by labor shall have increase.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Wealth gotten hastily with iniquity is diminished: but he that gathers for himself with godliness shall be increased. The righteous is merciful, and lends.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Substance got in haste shall be diminished: but that which by little and little is gathered with the hand shall increase.

Darby Bible Translation
Wealth [gotten] by vanity diminisheth; but he that gathereth by manual-labour shall increase [it].

English Revised Version
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall have increase.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase.

World English Bible
Wealth gained dishonestly dwindles away, but he who gathers by hand makes it grow.

Young's Literal Translation
Wealth from vanity becometh little, And whoso is gathering by the hand becometh great.
Study Bible
A Father's Discipline
10Arrogance leads only to strife, but wisdom is with the well-advised. 11Dishonest wealth will dwindle, but what is earned through hard work will be multiplied. 12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.…
Cross References
Proverbs 13:10
Arrogance leads only to strife, but wisdom is with the well-advised.

Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 21:6
Making a fortune by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist, a deadly pursuit.

Treasury of Scripture

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labor shall increase.

wealth

Proverbs 10:2
Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.

Proverbs 20:21
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Proverbs 28:8
He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

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Proverbs 13:22,23
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just…

Proverbs 20:21
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Proverbs 27:23-27
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds…

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Lexicon
Dishonest
מֵהֶ֣בֶל (mê·he·ḇel)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1892: Emptiness, vanity, transitory, unsatisfactory

wealth
ה֭וֹן (hō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1952: Wealth, sufficiency

will dwindle,
יִמְעָ֑ט (yim·‘āṭ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4591: To pare off, lessen, in, to be, small, few

but what is earned
וְקֹבֵ֖ץ (wə·qō·ḇêṣ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6908: To gather, collect

through
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

hard work
יָ֣ד (yāḏ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

will be multiplied.
יַרְבֶּֽה׃ (yar·beh)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great
(11) Wealth gotten by vanity.--As we should say, "in an unsatisfactory manner," that is to say, by dishonesty.

Verse 11. - Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; literally, wealth by a breath; i.e. wealth obtained without labour and exertion, or by illegitimate and dishonest means, is soon dissipated, is not blessed by God, and has no stability. Vulgate, "riches acquired hastily;" Septuagint, "substance gotten hastily with iniquity." This makes the antithesis more marked, the contrast being between wealth gotten hastily and that acquired by diligent labour. Cito nata, cito pereunt, "Quickly won, quickly gone" (see on Proverbs 20:21; 21:5). Says the Greek maxim -

Μὴ σπεῦδε πλουτεῖν μὴ ταχὺς πένης γένῃ

"Haste not for wealth, lest thou be quickly poor." He that gathereth by labour; literally, with the hand, handful after handful. Vulgate, paulatim, "little by little," by patient industry. Labor improbus omnia vincit. Septuagint, "He that gathereth for himself with piety shall be increased." Then is added, "A good man is merciful and lendeth," from Psalm 37:26. The Septuagint here uses the term εὐσέβεια, which is received in St. Paul's pastoral Epistles and St. Peter's, taking the place of the earlier phrase, φόβος Κυρίου, 13:6. An honest desire to do right, preserves a man from fatal mistakes, better than a thousand fine-drawn distinctions. 7. Some who are really poor, trade and spend as if they were rich: this is sin, and will be shame, and it will end accordingly. Some that are really rich, would be thought to be poor: in this there is want of gratitude to God, want of justice and charity to others. There are many hypocrites, empty of grace, who will not be convinced of their poverty. There are many fearing Christians, who are spiritually rich, yet think themselves poor; by their doubts, and complaints, and griefs, they make themselves poor. 8. Great riches often tempt to violence against those that possess them; but the poor are free from such perils. 9. The light of the righteous is as that of the sun, which may be eclipsed and clouded, but will continue: the Spirit is their Light, he gives a fulness of joy: that of the wicked is as a lamp of their own kindling, easily put out. 10. All contentions, whether between private persons, families, churches, or nations, are begun and carried forward by pride. Disputes would be easily prevented or ended, if it were not for pride. 11. Wealth gotten by dishonesty or vice, has a secret curse, which will speedily waste it. 12. The delay of what is anxiously hoped for, is very painful to the mind; obtaining it is very pleasant. But spiritual blessings are chiefly intended.
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