Proverbs 27:20
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New International Version
Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.

New Living Translation
Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied.

English Standard Version
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.

Berean Study Bible
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

New American Standard Bible
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.

King James Bible
Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Christian Standard Bible
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and people's eyes are never satisfied.

Contemporary English Version
Death and the grave are never satisfied, and neither are humans.

Good News Translation
Human desires are like the world of the dead--there is always room for more.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and people's eyes are never satisfied.

International Standard Version
Sheol and Abaddon are never satiated, and neither are human eyes.

NET Bible
As Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so the eyes of a person are never satisfied.

New Heart English Bible
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; and a man's eyes are never satisfied.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Sheol and destruction are not full, neither are the eyes of men satisfied.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Hell and decay are never satisfied, and a person's eyes are never satisfied.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The nether-world and Destruction are never satiated; So the eyes of man are never satiated.

New American Standard 1977
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Sheol and hell are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

King James 2000 Bible
Sheol and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

American King James Version
Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

American Standard Version
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; And the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hell and destruction are never filled: so the eyes of men are never satisfied.

Darby Bible Translation
Sheol and destruction are insatiable; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

English Revised Version
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; and the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

World English Bible
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; and a man's eyes are never satisfied.

Young's Literal Translation
Sheol and destruction are not satisfied, And the eyes of man are not satisfied.
Study Bible
Do not Boast about Tomorrow
19As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the true man. 20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; so the eyes of man are never satisfied. 21A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but a man is tested by the praise accorded him.…
Cross References
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not from the Father but from the world.

Job 26:6
Sheol is naked before Him, and Abaddon has no covering.

Proverbs 15:11
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD--how much more the hearts of men!

Proverbs 27:19
As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the true man.

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

Proverbs 30:16
Sheol, the barren womb, land that is never satisfied with water, and fire that never says, "Enough!"

Ecclesiastes 1:8
All things are wearisome, more than one can describe; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear content with hearing.

Ecclesiastes 4:8
There is a man all alone, without even a son or brother. And though there is no end to his labor, his eyes are still not content with his wealth: "For whom do I toil and bereave my soul of enjoyment?" This too is futile--a miserable task.

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.

Haggai 1:9
You expected much, but behold, it amounted to little. And what you brought home, I blew away. Why? declares the LORD of Hosts. Because My house still lies in ruins, while each of you is busy with his own house.

Treasury of Scripture

Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

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Proverbs 30:15,16 The horse leach has two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are …

Habakkuk 2:5 Yes also, because he transgresses by wine, he is a proud man, neither …

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Proverbs 23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly …

Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not …

Ecclesiastes 2:10,11 And whatever my eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not …

Ecclesiastes 5:10,11 He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that …

Ecclesiastes 6:7 All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

Jeremiah 22:17 But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness, and …

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust …

(20) Hell and destruction.--See above on Proverbs 15:11.

The eyes of man are never satisfied.--Comp. Ecclesiastes 1:8; Ecclesiastes 4:8. God would thus teach us that in Himself only can man find complete satisfaction. (Comp. Psalm 36:8-9; 1Corinthians 2:9.)

Verse 20. - Hell and destruction are never full. "Hell" is sheol, the under-world, Hades, the place of the departed; "destruction" is the great depth, the second death, personified (see on Proverbs 15:11, where the terms also occur). These "are never satisfied," they are insatiable, all-devouring (comp. Proverbs 30:16; Isaiah 5:14; Habakkuk 2:5). So the eyes of man are never satisfied. The verb is the same in both clauses, and ought to have been so translated. The eye is taken as the representative of concupiscence in general. What is true of "the lust of the eyes" (1 John 2:16) is true of all the senses; the craving for their gratification grows as it is fed. Therefore the senses should be carefully guarded, lest they lead to excess and transgression. "Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity," said the psalmist, "and quicken me in thy way" (Psalm 119:37). The LXX. here introduces a paragraph not in the Hebrew or the Latin Versions: "He that fixes (στηρίζων) his eye [i.e. staring impudently] is an abomination to the Lord, and the uninstructed restrain not their tongue." Hell and destruction are never full,.... The grave, as the word used often signifies; and which may be called "destruction", because bodies laid in it are soon corrupted and destroyed; and though bodies are cast into it and devoured by it, it is ready for more; it is one of the four things which never have enough. The place where Gog is said to be buried is called Hamongog, the multitude of Gog, Ezekiel 39:11; and by the Septuagint there Polyandrion, which is the name the Greeks give to a burying place, because many men are buried there; and with the Latins the dead are called Plures (o), the many, or the more; and yet the grave is never satisfied with them, Proverbs 30:16. Or hell, the place of everlasting damnation and destruction, is meant, which has received multitudes of souls already, and where there is room for more, nor will it be full until the last day;

so the eyes of man are never satisfied; as not the eyes of his body with seeing corporeal objects, but still are desirous of seeing more, and indeed everything that is to be seen, and are never glutted, Ecclesiastes 1:8; so neither the eyes of the carnal mind, or the lusts of it, which are insatiable things, let the objects of them be what they will; as in an ambitious man, a covetous person, or an unclean one.

(o) Plauti Trinum, Acts 2. Sc. 2. v. 14. 20. Men's cupidity is as insatiable as the grave.27:15,16. The contentions of a neighbour may be like a sharp shower, troublesome for a time; the contentions of a wife are like constant rain. 17. We are cautioned to take heed whom we converse with. And directed to have in view, in conversation, to make one another wiser and better. 18. Though a calling be laborious and despised, yet those who keep to it, will find there is something to be got by it. God is a Master who has engaged to honour those who serve him faithfully. 19. One corrupt heart is like another; so are sanctified hearts: the former bear the same image of the earthly, the latter the same image of the heavenly. Let us carefully watch our own hearts, comparing them with the word of God. 20. Two things are here said to be never satisfied, death and sin. The appetites of the carnal mind for profit or pleasure are always desiring more. Those whose eyes are ever toward the Lord, are satisfied in him, and shall for ever be so. 21. Silver and gold are tried by putting them into the furnace and fining-pot; so is a man tried by praising him. 22. Some are so bad, that even severe methods do not answer the end; what remains but that they should be rejected? The new-creating power of God's grace alone is able to make a change. 23-27. We ought to have some business to do in this world, and not to live in idleness, and not to meddle with what we do not understand. We must be diligent and take pains. Let us do what we can, still the world cannot be secured to us, therefore we must choose a more lasting portion; but by the blessing of God upon our honest labours, we may expect to enjoy as much of earthly blessings as is good for us.
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