Parallel Verses


Do not weary yourself [with the overwhelming desire] to gain wealth;
Cease from your own understanding of it.

New American Standard Bible

Do not weary yourself to gain wealth,
Cease from your consideration of it.

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

Don’t wear yourself out to get rich;
stop giving your attention to it.

International Standard Version

Don't exhaust yourself acquiring wealth; be smart enough to stop.

American Standard Version

Weary not thyself to be rich; Cease from thine own wisdom.

Bible in Basic English

Take no care to get wealth; let there be an end to your desire for money

Darby Translation

Weary not thyself to become rich; cease from thine own intelligence:

Julia Smith Translation

Thou shalt not labor to become rich: cease from thy wisdom.

King James 2000

Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Do not tire [in order] to become rich; out of your understanding, [may you] desist

Modern King James verseion

Do not labor to be rich; cease from your own understanding.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Take not over great travail and labour to be rich, beware of such a purpose.

NET Bible

Do not wear yourself out to become rich; be wise enough to restrain yourself.

New Heart English Bible

Do not weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint.

The Emphasized Bible

Do not toil to get wealth, of thine own understanding, forbear:


Labor not to be rich: cease from thy own wisdom.

World English Bible

Don't weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint.

Youngs Literal Translation

Labour not to make wealth, From thine own understanding cease, Dost thou cause thine eyes to fly upon it? Then it is not.


Root Form
Usage: 26

not to be rich
Usage: 17

Context Readings

Living With Your Neighbor

Do not desire his delicacies,
For it is deceptive food [offered to you with questionable motives].
Do not weary yourself [with the overwhelming desire] to gain wealth;
Cease from your own understanding of it.
When you set your eyes on wealth, it is [suddenly] gone.
For wealth certainly makes itself wings
Like an eagle that flies to the heavens.

Cross References

Proverbs 28:20

A faithful (right-minded) man will abound with blessings,
But he who hurries to be rich will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

Proverbs 26:12

Do you see a man [who is unteachable and] wise in his own eyes and full of self-conceit?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Isaiah 5:21

Woe (judgment is coming) to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever and shrewd in their own sight!

Romans 12:16

Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself.

Hebrews 13:5

Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”

Proverbs 3:7

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.

Proverbs 15:27

He who profits unlawfully brings suffering to his own house,
But he who hates bribes [and does not receive nor pay them] will live.

Matthew 6:19

“Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

John 6:27

Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures [and leads] to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you; for God the Father has authorized Him and put His seal on Him.”

Romans 11:25

I do not want you, believers, to be unaware of this mystery [God’s previously hidden plan]—so that you will not be wise in your own opinion—that a partial hardening has [temporarily] happened to Israel [to last] until the full number of the Gentiles has come in;

1 Timothy 6:8-10

But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

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