Proverbs 20:14
New International Version
"It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer-- then goes off and boasts about the purchase.

New Living Translation
The buyer haggles over the price, saying, "It's worthless," then brags about getting a bargain!

English Standard Version
“Bad, bad,” says the buyer, but when he goes away, then he boasts.

Berean Study Bible
“Worthless, worthless!” says the buyer, but on the way out, he gloats.

New American Standard Bible
"Bad, bad," says the buyer, But when he goes his way, then he boasts.

King James Bible
It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

Christian Standard Bible
"It's worthless, it's worthless!" the buyer says, but after he is on his way, he gloats.

Contemporary English Version
Everyone likes to brag about getting a bargain.

Good News Translation
The customer always complains that the price is too high, but then he goes off and brags about the bargain he got.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It's worthless, it's worthless!" the buyer says, but after he is on his way, he gloats.

International Standard Version
"This is bad, bad," says whoever is buying— but then he brags as he walks away after the sale.

NET Bible
"It's worthless! It's worthless!" says the buyer, but when he goes on his way, he boasts.

New Heart English Bible
"It's no good, it's no good," says the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasts.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A friend may say to his companion, “I have acquired wealth”, and then he will be praised.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Bad! Bad!" says the buyer. Then, as he goes away, he brags [about his bargain].

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is bad, it is bad', saith the buyer; But when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

New American Standard 1977
“Bad, bad,” says the buyer; But when he goes his way, then he boasts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is bad, it is bad, the buyer says; but when he is gone his way, then he boasts.

King James 2000 Bible
It is nothing, it is nothing, says the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasts.

American King James Version
It is naught, it is naught, said the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasts.

American Standard Version
It is bad, it is bad, saith the buyer; But when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is nought, it is nought, saith every buyer: and when he is gone away, then he will boast.

Darby Bible Translation
Bad! bad! saith the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

English Revised Version
It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone, then he boasteth.

World English Bible
"It's no good, it's no good," says the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasts.

Young's Literal Translation
'Bad, bad,' saith the buyer, And going his way then he boasteth himself.
Study Bible
Wine is a Mocker
13Do not love sleep, or you will grow poor; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of food. 14“Worthless, worthless!” says the buyer, but on the way out, he gloats. 15There is gold and abundance of rubies, but lips of knowledge are a rare treasure.…
Cross References
Proverbs 20:13
Do not love sleep, or you will grow poor; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of food.

Proverbs 20:15
There is gold and abundance of rubies, but lips of knowledge are a rare treasure.

Ezekiel 7:12
The time has come; the day has arrived. Let the buyer not rejoice and the seller not mourn, for wrath is upon all their multitudes.

Treasury of Scripture

It is naught, it is naught, said the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasts.

it is naught

Ecclesiastes 1:10
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

Hosea 12:7,8
He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress…

1 Thessalonians 4:6
That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.







Lexicon
“Worthless,
רַ֣ע (ra‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

worthless!”
רַ֭ע (ra‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

says
יֹאמַ֣ר (yō·mar)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

the buyer,
הַקּוֹנֶ֑ה (haq·qō·w·neh)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7069: To erect, create, to procure, by purchase, to own

but on the way out,
וְאֹזֵ֥ל (wə·’ō·zêl)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 235: To go away, to disappear

he gloats.
יִתְהַלָּֽל׃ (yiṯ·hal·lāl)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1984: To shine
(14) It is naught, saith the buyer.--He cries down the goods he wants to purchase.

Then he boasteth.--How he has outdone the seller, and got the goods below their value. For other notices of cheating in trade see above on Proverbs 11:1.

Verse 14. - It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer. The purchaser depreciates the goods which he wants, in order to lower the price demanded - a practice as common now as in old time. "I don't want it, I don't want it," says the Spanish friar; "but drop it into my hood." The Scotch say, "He that lacks (disparages) my mare would buy my mare" (Kelly). But when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. When he has completed his purchase and obtained the goods at his own price, he boasts how he has tricked the seller. The LXX. omits vers. 14-19. 20:7. A good man is not liable to uneasiness in contriving what he shall do, or in reflecting on what he has done, as those who walk in deceit. And his family fare better for his sake. 8. If great men are good men, they may do much good, and prevent very much evil. 9. Some can say, Through grace, we are cleaner than we have been; but it was the work of the Holy Spirit. 10. See the various deceits men use, of which the love of money is the root. The Lord will not bless what is thus gotten. 11. Parents should observe their children, that they may manage them accordingly. 12. All our powers and faculties are from God, and are to be employed for him. 13. Those that indulge themselves, may expect to want necessaries, which should have been gotten by honest labour. 14. Men use arts to get a good bargain, and to buy cheap; whereas a man ought to be ashamed of a fraud and a lie. 15. He that prefers true knowledge to riches, follows the ways of religion and happiness. If we really believed this truth, the word of God would be valued as it deserves, and the world would lose its tempting influence. 16. Those ruin themselves who entangle themselves in rash suretiship. Also those who are in league with abandoned women. Place no confidence in either. 17. Wealth gotten by fraud may be sweet, for the carnal mind takes pleasure in the success of wicked devices; but it will be bitter in the reflection. 18. Especially we need advice in spiritual warfare. The word and Spirit of God are the best counsellors in every point. 19. Those dearly buy their own praise, who put confidence in a man because he speaks fairly. 20. An undutiful child will become very miserable. Never let him expect any peace or comfort. 21. An estate suddenly raised, is often as suddenly ruined. 22. Wait on the Lord, attend his pleasure, and he will protect thee.
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