English Standard Version
When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.
King James Bible
Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
American Standard Version
Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings, Like an eagle that flieth toward heaven.
Lift not up thy eyes to riches which thou canst not have: because they shall make themselves wings like those of an eagle, and shall fly towards heaven.
English Revised Version
Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings, like an eagle that flieth toward heaven.
Webster's Bible Translation
Wilt thou set thy eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make to themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards heaven.
Proverbs 23:5 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
A fourth proverb - a distich - beginning with the warning אל:
28 Remove not the perpetual landmark
Which thy ancestors have set up.
28a equals Proverbs 23:10. Regarding the inviolability of boundaries established by the law, vid., at Proverbs 15:25. גּבוּל עולם denotes "the boundary mark set up from ancient times, the removal of which were a double transgression, because it is rendered sacred by its antiquity" (Orelli, p. 76). נסג equals סוּג signifies to remove back, Hiph. to shove back, to move away. אשׁר has the meaning of (ὅριον) ὅ, τι, quippe quod. Instead of עולם, the Mishna reads, Pea v. 6, עולים, which in the Jerusalem Gemara one Rabbi understands of those brought up out of Egypt, another of the poor; for "to rise" (in the world) is a euphemism (לשׁון כבוד) for "to come down" (be reduced in circumstances).
(Note: As an analogical example, סגּי נהור, seeing clearly equals blind.)
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
set thine eyes upon or 'He expresses it in such a way says Abp Tillotson, 'as if a rich man sat brooding over an estate till it was fledged, and gotten itself wings to fly away.'
1 Timothy 6:17
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?
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