Proverbs 14:23
New International Version
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

New Living Translation
Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!

English Standard Version
In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Berean Study Bible
There is profit in all labor, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

New American Standard Bible
In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.

King James Bible
In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

Christian Standard Bible
There is profit in all hard work, but endless talk leads only to poverty.

Contemporary English Version
Hard work is worthwhile, but empty talk will make you poor.

Good News Translation
Work and you will earn a living; if you sit around talking you will be poor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There is profit in all hard work, but endless talk leads only to poverty.

International Standard Version
In hard work there is always profit, but too much chattering leads to poverty.

NET Bible
In all hard work there is profit, but merely talking about it only brings poverty.

New Heart English Bible
In all hard work there is profit, but the talk of the lips leads only to poverty.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In all that concerns you, one thing is profitable, and he that is diminished in his way of life is quiet and will be pleasant. Lord Jehovah heals every sickness, and the speech of the lips of the evil damages them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In hard work there is always something gained, but idle talk leads only to poverty.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In all labour there is profit; But the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

New American Standard 1977
In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In all labour there is fruit, but to talk and not do, brings poverty.

King James 2000 Bible
In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips leads only to poverty.

American King James Version
In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tends only to penury.

American Standard Version
In all labor there is profit; But the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
With every one who is careful there is abundance: but the pleasure-taking and indolent shall be in want.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In much work there shall be abundance: but where there are many words, there is oftentimes want.

Darby Bible Translation
In all labour there is profit; but the talk of the lips [tendeth] only to want.

English Revised Version
In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

Webster's Bible Translation
In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

World English Bible
In all hard work there is profit, but the talk of the lips leads only to poverty.

Young's Literal Translation
In all labour there is advantage, And a thing of the lips is only to want.
Study Bible
The Wise Woman
22Do not those who contrive evil go astray? But those who plan goodness find loving devotion and faithfulness. 23There is profit in all labor, but mere talk leads only to poverty. 24The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the effort of fools is folly.…
Cross References
Proverbs 14:22
Do not those who contrive evil go astray? But those who plan goodness find loving devotion and truth.

Proverbs 14:24
The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the effort of fools is folly.

Treasury of Scripture

In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tends only to penury.

all

Proverbs 12:24
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

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

John 6:27
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

but

Proverbs 10:10
He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

Ecclesiastes 5:3
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat…







Lexicon
There is
יִהְיֶ֣ה (yih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

profit
מוֹתָ֑ר (mō·w·ṯār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4195: Abundance, preeminence

in all
בְּכָל־ (bə·ḵāl)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

labor,
עֶ֭צֶב (‘e·ṣeḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6089: An earthen vessel, toil, a pang

but mere talk
וּדְבַר־ (ū·ḏə·ḇa·rś-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

leads only
אַךְ־ (’aḵ-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 389: A particle of affirmation, surely

to poverty.
לְמַחְסֽוֹר׃ (lə·maḥ·sō·wr)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4270: A need, thing needed, poverty
Verse 23. - In all labour there is profit. All honest industry has a reward, and all care and pain borne for a good object bring comfort and content (comp. Proverbs 10:22). So the Greek distich says -

Ἅπαντα τὰ καλὰ τοῦ πονοῦντος γίγνεται

"To him who labours all fair things belong." In contrast to the diligent are those who talk much and do nothing. But the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury (Proverbs 21:5). Those who work much get profit; those who talk much and do little come to want. So in spiritual matters Christ teaches that they who think that prayer is heard for much speaking are mistaken; and he adds, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 6:7; Matthew 7:21). Septuagint, "In every one who taketh thought (μεριμνῶντι) there is abundance; he who liveth pleasantly and without pain shall be in want." Cato, 'Dist.,' 1:10 -

"Contra verbosos noli contendere verbis:
Sermo datus cunctis, animi sapientia paucis."


"Against the wordy strive not thou in words;
Converse with all, but to the favoured few
Impart thy heart's deep wisdom."
Oriental proverbs: "Sweet words, empty bands;" "To speak of honey will not make the mouth sweet;" "We do not cook rice by babbling" (Lane). Turkish, "The language of actions is more eloquent than the language of words." 14:18. Sin is the shame of sinners; but wisdom is the honour of the wise. 19. Even bad men acknowledge the excellency of God's people. 20. Friendship in the world is governed by self-interest. It is good to have God our Friend; he will not desert us. 21. To despise a man for his employment or appearance is a sin. 22. How wisely those consult their own interest, who not only do good, but devise it! 23. Labour of the head, or of the hand, will turn to some good account. But if men's religion runs all out in talk and noise, they will come to nothing. 24. The riches of men of wisdom and piety enlarge their usefulness. 25. An upright man will venture the displeasure of the greatest, to bring truth to light. 26,27. Those who fear the Lord so as to obey and serve him, have a strong ground of confidence, and will be preserved. Let us seek to this Fountain of life, that we may escape the snares of death. 28. Let all that wish well to the kingdom of Christ, do what they can, that many may be added to his church. 29. A mild, patient man is one that learns of Christ, who is Wisdom itself. Unbridled passion is folly made known. 30. An upright, contented, and benevolent mind, tends to health. 31. To oppress the poor is to reproach our Creator. 32. The wicked man has his soul forced from him; he dies in his sins, under the guilt and power of them. But godly men, though they have pain and some dread of death, have the blessed hope, which God, who cannot lie, has given them. 33. Wisdom possesses the heart, and thus regulates the affections and tempers. 34. Piety and holiness always promote industry, sobriety, and honesty. 35. The great King who reigns over heaven and earth, will reward faithful servants who honour his gospel by the proper discharge of the duties of their stations: he despises not the services of the lowest.
Jump to Previous
Advantage Hard Labor Lips Makes Mere Penury Poor Poverty Profit Talk Tendeth Tends Toil Want Work
Jump to Next
Advantage Hard Labor Lips Makes Mere Penury Poor Poverty Profit Talk Tendeth Tends Toil Want Work
Links
Proverbs 14:23 NIV
Proverbs 14:23 NLT
Proverbs 14:23 ESV
Proverbs 14:23 NASB
Proverbs 14:23 KJV

Proverbs 14:23 Bible Apps
Proverbs 14:23 Biblia Paralela
Proverbs 14:23 Chinese Bible
Proverbs 14:23 French Bible
Proverbs 14:23 German Bible

Alphabetical: a All brings but hard In is labor leads mere only poverty profit talk there to work

OT Poetry: Proverbs 14:23 In all hard work there is profit (Prov. Pro Pr) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Proverbs 14:22
Top of Page
Top of Page