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.

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

New King James Version
In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty.

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

NASB 1995
In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
In all labor there is advantage, "" And a thing of the lips [is] only to want.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 faithfulness.

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…









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."

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

to poverty.
לְמַחְסֽוֹר׃ (lə·maḥ·sō·wr)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4270: A need, thing needed, poverty


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