Proverbs 20:21
New International Version
An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.

New Living Translation
An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end.

English Standard Version
An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

Berean Study Bible
An inheritance gained quickly will not be blessed in the end.

King James Bible
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

New King James Version
An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at the end.

New American Standard Bible
An inheritance gained in a hurry at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end.

NASB 1995
An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end.

NASB 1977
An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning, Will not be blessed in the end.

Amplified Bible
An inheritance hastily gained [by greedy, unjust means] at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end.

Christian Standard Bible
An inheritance gained prematurely will not be blessed ultimately.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
An inheritance gained prematurely will not be blessed ultimately.

American Standard Version
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A portion hastily gotten at first shall not be blessed in the end.

Contemporary English Version
Getting rich quick may turn out to be a curse.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The inheritance gotten hastily in the beginning, in the end shall be without a blessing.

English Revised Version
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Good News Translation
The more easily you get your wealth, the less good it will do you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
An inheritance quickly obtained in the beginning will never be blessed in the end.

International Standard Version
An inheritance quickly obtained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.

JPS Tanakh 1917
An estate may be gotten hastily at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Literal Standard Version
An inheritance gotten wrongly at first, "" Even its latter end is not blessed.

NET Bible
An inheritance gained easily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

New Heart English Bible
An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning, won't be blessed in the end.

World English Bible
An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning, won't be blessed in the end.

Young's Literal Translation
An inheritance gotten wrongly at first, Even its latter end is not blessed.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
Wine is a Mocker
20Whoever curses his father or mother, his lamp will be extinguished in deepest darkness. 21An inheritance gained quickly will not be blessed in the end. 22Do not say, “I will avenge this evil!” Wait on the LORD, and He will save you.…

Cross References
Proverbs 20:20
Whoever curses his father or mother, his lamp will be extinguished in deepest darkness.

Proverbs 20:22
Do not say, "I will avenge this evil!" Wait on the LORD, and He will save you.

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

Proverbs 28:20
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but one eager to be rich will not go unpunished.


Treasury of Scripture

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

gotten

Proverbs 23:4
Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

Proverbs 28:20,22
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent…

1 Timothy 6:9
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

but

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

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

Job 27:16,17
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay; …









(21) The end thereof shall not be blessed.--Comp. Proverbs 28:20 : the evil means by which he acquired the possession will, at the last, be visited upon him. Thus Jacob was punished severely for the selfishness by which he gained the birthright, and for the fraud by which he obtained the blessing belonging to his brother.

Verse 21. - An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning - or, which in the beginning, is obtained in haste - but the end thereof shall not be blessed; or, its end shall not be blessed. The Khetib gives מְבֹהֶלֶת, which (comp. Zechariah 11:8) may mean "detested," but this gives no sense; it is better, with the Keri, to replace kheth with he, and read מְבֹהֶלֶת (meboheleth), "hastened," "hastily acquired" (see Proverbs 13:11, Septuagint). The maxim, taken in connection with the preceding verse, may apply to a bad son who thinks his parents live too long, and by violence robs them of their possessions; or to one who, like the prodigal in the parable, demands prematurely his portion of the paternal goods. But it may also be taken generally as denouncing the fate of those who make haste to be rich, being unscrupulous as to the means by which they gain wealth (see on Proverbs 23:11; 28:20, 22). A Greek gnome says roundly -

Οὐδεὶς ἐπλούτησεν ταχέως δίκαιος ὤν.

"No righteous man e'er grew rich suddenly."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
An inheritance
נַ֭חֲלָה (na·ḥă·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5159: Something inherited, occupancy, an heirloom, an estate, patrimony, portion

gained
מְבֹהֶ֣לֶת (mə·ḇō·he·leṯ)
Verb - Pual - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 973: To feel a loathing

quickly
בָּרִאשֹׁנָ֑ה (bā·ri·šō·nāh)
Preposition-b, Article | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7223: First, in place, time, rank

will not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

be blessed
תְבֹרָֽךְ׃ (ṯə·ḇō·rāḵ)
Verb - Pual - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1288: To kneel, to bless God, man, to curse

in the end.
וְ֝אַחֲרִיתָ֗הּ (wə·’a·ḥă·rî·ṯāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 319: The last, end, the future, posterity


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