New American Standard Bible
The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.
King James Bible
The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
Darby Bible Translation
The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
World English Bible
The liberal soul shall be made fat. He who waters shall be watered also himself.
Young's Literal Translation
A liberal soul is made fat, And whoso is watering, he also is watered.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Liberal soul - literally, "the soul that blesses," i. e., gives freely and fully. The similitudes are both of them essentially Eastern. Fatness, the sleek, well filled look of health, becomes the figure of prosperity, as leanness of misfortune Proverbs 13:4; Proverbs 28:25; Psalm 22:29; Isaiah 10:16. Kindly acts come as the refreshing dew and soft rain from heaven upon a thirsty land.
A sermon (No. 642) delivered on Sunday morning, July 30, 1865, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it."--Proverbs 11:26. If I dared, I should always preach upon the comfortable promises and gracious doctrines of God's Word. I find it most delightful and easy work to expatiate upon those themes of revelation which abound in sweetness, and are full of savor and preciousness …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
To Win Souls Requires Wisdom.
The Controversy Ended
Thoughts Upon Worldly-Riches. Sect. Ii.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
2 Corinthians 9:6
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Samuel 17:28
brought beds, basins, pottery, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans, lentils, parched seeds,
Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the first of all your produce;
So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine.
There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.
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