English Standard Version
A worker’s appetite works for him; his mouth urges him on.
King James Bible
He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
American Standard Version
The appetite of the laboring man laboreth for him; For his mouth urgeth him thereto .
The soul of him that laboureth, laboureth for himself, because his mouth hath obliged him to it.
English Revised Version
The appetite of the labouring man laboureth for him; for his mouth craveth it of him.
Webster's Bible Translation
He that laboreth laboreth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
Proverbs 16:26 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
20 He that giveth heed to the word will find prosperity;
And he that trusteth in Jahve, blessed is he!
The "word" here is the word κατ ̓ ἐξ., the divine word, for משׂכּיל על־דּבר is the contrast of בּז לדבר, Proverbs 13:13, cf. Nehemiah 8:13. טוב is meant, as in Proverbs 17:20, cf. Proverbs 13:21, Psalm 23:6; to give heed to God's word is the way to true prosperity. But at last all depends on this, that one stand in personal fellowship with God by means of faith, which here, as at Proverbs 28:25; Proverbs 29:25, is designated after its specific mark as fiducia. The Mashal conclusion אשׁריו occurs, besides here, only at Proverbs 14:21; Proverbs 29:18.
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craveth it of him boweth unto him
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.
All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied.
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