New International Version
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.
King James Bible
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
Darby Bible Translation
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children; but the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous [man].
World English Bible
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored for the righteous.
Young's Literal Translation
A good man causeth sons' sons to inherit, And laid up for the righteous is the sinner's wealth.
Proverbs 13:22 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A good man leaveth an inheritance - He files many a prayer in heaven in their behalf, and his good example and advices are remembered and quoted from generation to generation. Besides, whatever property he left was honestly acquired, and well-gotten goods are permanent. The general experience of men shows this to be a common case; and that property ill-gotten seldom reaches to the third generation. This even the heathens observed. Hence:
De male quaesitis non gaudet tertius haeres.
"The third generation shall not possess the goods that have been unjustly acquired."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Tillage of the Poor
'Much food is in the tillage of the poor.'--PROVERBS xiii. 23. Palestine was a land of small peasant proprietors, and the institution of the Jubilee was intended to prevent the acquisition of large estates by any Israelite. The consequence, as intended, was a level of modest prosperity. It was 'the tillage of the poor,' the careful, diligent husbandry of the man who had only a little patch of land to look after, that filled the storehouses of the Holy Land. Hence the proverb of our text arose. It …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Song of the Redeemed
Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
Therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them at any time, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it to your children as an everlasting inheritance.'
Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,
what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.
I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.
To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
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