Proverbs 13:23
New International Version
An unplowed field produces food for the poor, but injustice sweeps it away.

New Living Translation
A poor person's farm may produce much food, but injustice sweeps it all away.

English Standard Version
The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice.

Berean Study Bible
Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, but without justice it is swept away.

New American Standard Bible
Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, But it is swept away by injustice.

King James Bible
Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

Christian Standard Bible
The uncultivated field of the poor yields abundant food, but without justice, it is swept away.

Contemporary English Version
Even when the land of the poor produces good crops, they get cheated out of what they grow.

Good News Translation
Unused fields could yield plenty of food for the poor, but unjust people keep them from being farmed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The uncultivated field of the poor yields abundant food, but without justice, it is swept away.

International Standard Version
The field of the poor may produce much food, but it can be swept away through injustice.

NET Bible
There is abundant food in the field of the poor, but it is swept away by injustice.

New Heart English Bible
An abundance of food is in poor people's fields, but injustice sweeps it away.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Those who do not see the way of life for themselves destroy many years of wealth, and some are destroyed utterly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When poor people are able to plow, there is much food, but a person is swept away where there is no justice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Much food is in the tillage of the poor; But there is that is swept away by want of righteousness.

New American Standard 1977
Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, But it is swept away by injustice.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In the fallow ground of the poor there is much bread, but it is lost for lack of judgment.

King James 2000 Bible
Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for lack of justice.

American King James Version
Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

American Standard Version
Much food is in the tillage of the poor; But there is that is destroyed by reason of injustice.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The righteous shall spend many years in wealth: but the unrighteous shall perish suddenly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Much food is in the tillage of fathers: but for others it is gathered with out judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
Much food is in the tillage of the poor; but there is that is lost for want of judgment.

English Revised Version
Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed by reason of injustice.

Webster's Bible Translation
Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

World English Bible
An abundance of food is in poor people's fields, but injustice sweeps it away.

Young's Literal Translation
Abundance of food -- the tillage of the poor, And substance is consumed without judgment.
Study Bible
A Father's Discipline
22A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is passed to the righteous. 23Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, but without justice it is swept away. 24He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 21:4
bring the heifer to a valley with running water that has not been plowed or sown, and break its neck there by the stream.

Proverbs 12:11
He who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies lacks judgment.

Treasury of Scripture

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

food

Proverbs 12:11,14
He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding…

Proverbs 27:18,23-27
Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured…

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

destroyed

Proverbs 6:6-11
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: …

Proverbs 11:5,6
The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness…

Psalm 112:5
A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.







Lexicon
Abundant
רָב־ (rāḇ-)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

food
אֹ֭כֶל (’ō·ḵel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 400: Food

[is in] the fallow ground
נִ֣יר (nîr)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5215: Plowing, freshly plowed land

of the poor,
רָאשִׁ֑ים (rā·šîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7326: To be in want or poor

but without
בְּלֹ֣א (bə·lō)
Preposition-b | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

justice
מִשְׁפָּֽט׃ (miš·pāṭ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

it is
וְיֵ֥שׁ (wə·yêš)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3426: Being, substance, existence, is

swept away.
נִ֝סְפֶּ֗ה (nis·peh)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5595: To sweep or snatch away, catch up
(23) Tillage.--Properly, the newly-made field, on which much labour has been expended. The poor hardworking man, by God's blessing, gains an abundant living, while many (rich persons) are ruined for their neglect of what is right.

Verse 23. - Much food is in the tillage (tilled ground) of the poor (Proverbs 12:11). The word rendered "tillage" (nir) means ground worked for the first time, and therefore that on which much labour is bestowed. Hence the Vulgate rightly renders, novalibus. It occurs in Jeremiah 4:3 and Hosea 10:12, where our version has "fallow ground." The poor, but righteous man, who industriously cultivates his little plot of ground, secures a good return, and is happy in eating the labour of his hands (Psalm 128:2). Intend of "the poor," the Vulgate has, "the fathers," taking ראשים in this sense; so that the meaning would be that children who properly cultivate their paternal or hereditary fields obtain good crops. But the Authorized Version rendering is doubtless preferable. There is that is destroyed for want of judgment; rather, as the Revised Version, by reason of injustice. Rich men are often brought to ruin by their disregard of right and justice (mishpat). Some (poor men) are amply supplied by honest labour; others (rich) lose all by wrong dealing. Vulgate, "For others it (food) is gathered contrary to justice;" Septuagint, quite astray, The righteous shall pass many years in wealth; but the unrighteous shall suddenly perish" - which seems to be an explanation or amplification of ver. 22. 13:14. The rule by which the wise regulate their conduct, is a fountain yielding life and happiness. 15. The way of sinners is hard upon others, and hard to the sinner himself. The service of sin is slavery; the road to hell is strewed with the thorns and thistles that followed the curse. 16. It is folly to talk of things of which we know nothing, and to undertake what we are no way fit for. 17. Those that are wicked, and false to Christ and to the souls of men, do mischief, and fall into mischief; but those that are faithful, find sound words healing to others and to themselves. 18. He that scorns to be taught, will certainly be brought down. 19. There are in man strong desires after happiness; but never let those expect any thing truly sweet to their souls, who will not be persuaded to leave their sins. 20. Multitudes are brought to ruin by bad company. And all that make themselves wicked will be destroyed. 21. When God pursues sinners he is sure to overtake them; and he will reward the righteous. 22. The servant of God who is not anxious about riches, takes the best method of providing for his children. 23. The poor, yet industrious, thrive, though in a homely manner, while those who have great riches are often brought to poverty for want of judgment. 24. He acts as if he hated his child, who, by false indulgence, permits sinful habits to gather strength, which will bring sorrow here, and misery hereafter. 25. It is the misery of the wicked, that even their sensual appetites are always craving. The righteous feeds on the word and ordinances, to the satisfying of his soul with the promises of the gospel, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Bread of life.
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