Proverbs 30:16
New International Version
the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'

New Living Translation
the grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire.

English Standard Version
Sheol, the barren womb, the land never satisfied with water, and the fire that never says, “Enough.”

Berean Study Bible
Sheol, the barren womb, land that is never satisfied with water, and fire that never says, “Enough!”

New American Standard Bible
Sheol, and the barren womb, Earth that is never satisfied with water, And fire that never says, "Enough."

King James Bible
The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.

Christian Standard Bible
Sheol; a childless womb; earth, which is never satisfied with water; and fire, which never says, "Enough!"

Contemporary English Version
The world of the dead and a childless wife, the thirsty earth and a flaming fire.

Good News Translation
the world of the dead, a woman without children, dry ground that needs rain, and a fire burning out of control.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sheol; a childless womb; earth, which is never satisfied with water; and fire, which never says, "Enough!"

International Standard Version
The afterlife, the barren womb, earth that still demands water, and fire—they never say, "Enough".

NET Bible
the grave, the barren womb, land that is not satisfied with water, and fire that never says, "Enough!"

New Heart English Bible
Sheol, the barren womb; the earth that is not satisfied with water; and the fire that doesn't say, 'Enough.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Sheol and her barren womb, the ground that is not filled with water, and fire does not say, “It is enough.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
the grave, a barren womb, a land that never gets enough water, a fire that does not say, "Enough!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
The grave; and the barren womb; The earth that is not satisfied with water; And the fire that saith not: 'Enough.'

New American Standard 1977
Sheol, and the barren womb, Earth that is never satisfied with water, And fire that never says, “Enough.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Sheol; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that never says, It is enough.

King James 2000 Bible
The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that says not, It is enough.

American King James Version
The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that said not, It is enough.

American Standard Version
Sheol; and the barren womb; The earth that is not satisfied with water; And the fire that saith not, Enough.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The grave, and the love of a woman, and the earth not filled with water; water also and fire will not say, It is enough.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hell, and the mouth of the womb, and the earth which is not satisfied with water: and the fire never saith: It is enough.

Darby Bible Translation
-- Sheol, and the barren womb; the earth which is not filled with water, and the fire which saith not, It is enough.

English Revised Version
The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not satisfied with water; and the fire that saith not, Enough.

Webster's Bible Translation
The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.

World English Bible
Sheol, the barren womb; the earth that is not satisfied with water; and the fire that doesn't say, 'Enough.'

Young's Literal Translation
Sheol, and a restrained womb, Earth -- it is not satisfied with water, And fire -- it hath not said, 'Sufficiency,'
Study Bible
The Words of Agur
15The leech has two daughters: Give and Give. There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, “Enough!”: 16Sheol, the barren womb, land that is never satisfied with water, and fire that never says, “Enough!” 17As for the eye that mocks a father and scorns obedience to a mother, may the ravens of the valley pluck it out and young vultures devour it.…
Cross References
Genesis 30:1
When Rachel saw that she was not bearing any children for Jacob, she envied her sister. "Give me children, or I will die!" she said to Jacob.

Proverbs 27:20
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Proverbs 30:15
The leech has two daughters: Give and Give. There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, "Enough!":

Isaiah 5:14
Therefore Sheol enlarges its throat and opens wide its enormous jaws, and down go Zion's nobles and masses, her jubilant and carousers!

Habakkuk 2:5
furthermore, wine betrays; an arrogant man is never at rest. He enlarges his appetite like Sheol, and like Death, he is never satisfied. He gathers all nations to himself and collects all the peoples as his own.

Treasury of Scripture

The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that said not, It is enough.

Proverbs 27:20
Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Habakkuk 2:5
Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:







Lexicon
Sheol,
שְׁאוֹל֮ (šə·’ō·wl)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7585: Underworld (place to which people descend at death)

the barren
וְעֹ֪צֶ֫ר (wə·‘ō·ṣer)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6115: Closure, constraint

womb,
רָ֥חַם (rā·ḥam)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7356: Compassion, the womb, a maiden

land
אֶ֭רֶץ (’e·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

that is never
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

satisfied
שָׂ֣בְעָה (śā·ḇə·‘āh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7646: To be sated, satisfied or surfeited

with water,
מַּ֑יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

and fire
וְ֝אֵ֗שׁ (wə·’êš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 784: A fire

that never
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

says,
אָ֥מְרָה (’ā·mə·rāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Enough!”
הֽוֹן׃ (hō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1952: Wealth, sufficiency
(16) The grave.--See above, on Proverbs 15:11, where it is translated "hell."

Verse 16. - The four insatiable things are now named: first, the grave, sheol (Proverbs 27:20), which can never be filled with its victims. Horace talks of a man as -

"Victima nil miserantis Orci."
(Carm.,' 2:3, 24.) And Hesiod ('Theog.,' 456) of Hades as -

Νηλεὲς ῆτορ ἔχων
"A heart possessing that no pity knows." The second thing is the barren womb; "the closing of the womb," as Genesis 20:18; Isaiah 66:9. The burning desire for children, characteristic of an Israelitish wife, is here denoted, like the passionate cry of Rachel to Jacob, "Give me children, or else I die" (Genesis 30:1). The barren woman, says Corn. a Lapide, " concubitus magis est avida quam ceterae tum propter desiderium habendae prolis, tum quod foecundae et gravidae naturaliter non appetant concubitum." The third insatiable thing is the earth that is not filled (satisfied) with water; the parched and thirsty soil which no amount of water can satisfy, which drinks in all that is poured upon it and is not benefited, what Virgil ('Georg.,' 1:114) calls "bibula arena." The fourth is the fire that saith not, It is enough; the "devouring element," as the newspapers term it. The more you heap on fire, the more material you supply, the fiercer it rages. Septuagint, "Hades, and the love of woman, and earth not satisfied with water, and water, and fire, will not say, It sufficeth." Cheyne and others quote from the Sanscrit 'Hitopadesa,' "Fire is never satisfied with fuel; nor the ocean with rivers; nor death with all creatures; nor bright-eyed women with men." 30:10 Slander not a servant to his master, accuse him not in small matters, to make mischief. 11-14. In every age there are monsters of ingratitude who ill-treat their parents. Many persuade themselves they are holy persons, whose hearts are full of sin, and who practise secret wickedness. There are others whose lofty pride is manifest. There have also been cruel monsters in every age. 15-17. Cruelty and covetousness are two daughters of the horseleech, that still cry, Give, give, and they are continually uneasy to themselves. Four things never are satisfied, to which these devourers are compared. Those are never rich that are always coveting. And many who have come to a bad end, have owned that their wicked courses began by despising their parents' authority. 18-20. Four things cannot be fully known. The kingdom of nature is full of marvels. The fourth is a mystery of iniquity; the cursed arts by which a vile seducer gains the affections of a female; and the arts which a vile woman uses to conceal her wickedness. 21-23 Four sorts of persons are very troublesome. Men of low origin and base spirit, who, getting authority, become tyrants. Foolish and violent men indulging in excesses. A woman of a contentious spirit and vicious habits. A servant who has obtained undue influence. Let those whom Providence has advanced from low beginnings, carefully watch against that sin which most easily besets them.
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