Parallel Verses

Amplified

Wealth [not earned but] won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use [such riches] will dwindle away, but he who gathers little by little will increase [his riches].

New American Standard Bible

Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases it.

King James Version

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Holman Bible

Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle,
but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it.

International Standard Version

Wealth gained dishonestly dwindles away, but whoever works diligently increases his prosperity.

A Conservative Version

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished, but he who gathers by labor shall have increase.

American Standard Version

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; But he that gathereth by labor shall have increase.

Bible in Basic English

Wealth quickly got will become less; but he who gets a store by the work of his hands will have it increased.

Darby Translation

Wealth gotten by vanity diminisheth; but he that gathereth by manual-labour shall increase it.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

The riches of vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labour shall increase.

Julia Smith Translation

Wealth from vanity shall be diminished: and he gathering with the hand, shall increase.

King James 2000

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labor shall increase.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Wealth [gained] from haste will dwindle, but he who gathers {little by little} will increase it.

Modern King James verseion

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be taken away, but he who gathers by hand shall increase.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Hastily gotten goods are soon spent; but they that be gathered together with the hand, shall increase.

NET Bible

Wealth gained quickly will dwindle away, but the one who gathers it little by little will become rich.

New Heart English Bible

Wealth gained dishonestly dwindles away, but he who gathers by hand makes it grow.

The Emphasized Bible

Wealth gotten by greed, diminisheth, but, he that gathereth by little, increaseth.

Webster

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase.

World English Bible

Wealth gained dishonestly dwindles away, but he who gathers by hand makes it grow.

Youngs Literal Translation

Wealth from vanity becometh little, And whoso is gathering by the hand becometh great.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
הון 
Hown 
Usage: 26

הבל הבל 
hebel 
Usage: 73

but he that gathereth
קבץ 
Qabats 
Usage: 127

by labour
יד 
Yad 
Usage: 1612

Context Readings

A Wise Son Lives Righteously

10 By pride and insolence comes only contention, but with the well-advised is skillful and godly Wisdom. 11 Wealth [not earned but] won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use [such riches] will dwindle away, but he who gathers little by little will increase [his riches]. 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.



Cross References

Proverbs 20:21

An inheritance hastily gotten [by greedy, unjust means] at the beginning, in the end it will not be blessed.

Proverbs 10:2

Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) delivers from death.

Job 15:28-29

And has lived in desolate [God-forsaken] cities and in houses which no man should inhabit, which were destined to become heaps [of ruins];

Job 20:15

He has swallowed down [his ill-gotten] riches, and he shall vomit them up again; God will cast them out of his belly.

Job 20:19-22

For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor; he has violently taken away a house which he did not build.

Job 27:16-17

Though he heaps up silver like dust and piles up clothing like clay,

Psalm 128:2

For you shall eat [the fruit] of the labor of your hands; happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) shall you be, and it shall be well with you.

Proverbs 13:22-23

A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children's children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.

Proverbs 27:23-27

Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds;

Proverbs 28:8

He who by charging excessive interest and who by unjust efforts to get gain increases his material possession gathers it for him [to spend] who is kind and generous to the poor.

Proverbs 28:20

A faithful man shall abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich [at any cost] shall not go unpunished.

Proverbs 28:22

He who has an evil and covetous eye hastens to be rich and knows not that want will come upon him.

Ecclesiastes 5:14

But those riches are lost in a bad venture; and he becomes the father of a son, and there is nothing in his hand [with which to support the child].

Jeremiah 17:11

Like the partridge that gathers a brood which she did not hatch and sits on eggs which she has not laid, so is he who gets riches by unjust means and not by right. He will leave them, or they will leave him, in the midst of his days, and at his end he will be a fool.

Habakkuk 2:6-7

Shall not all these [victims of his greed] take up a taunt against him and in scoffing derision of him say, Woe to him who piles up that which is not his! [How long will he possess it?] And [woe to him] who loads himself with promissory notes for usury!

James 5:1-5

Come now, you rich [people], weep aloud and lament over the miseries (the woes) that are surely coming upon you.

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