Proverbs 13:23
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New International Version
An unplowed field produces food for the poor, but injustice sweeps it away.

King James Bible
Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
Much food is in the tillage of the poor; but there is that is lost for want of judgment.

World English Bible
An abundance of food is in poor people's fields, but injustice sweeps it away.

Young's Literal Translation
Abundance of food -- the tillage of the poor, And substance is consumed without judgment.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

That is destroyed for want of judgment - O, how much of the poverty of the poor arises from their own want of management! They have little or no economy, and no foresight. When they get any thing, they speedily spend it; and a feast and a famine make the chief varieties of their life.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 12:11,14 He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that follows vain persons is void of understanding...

Proverbs 27:18,23-27 Whoever keeps the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waits on his master shall be honored...

Proverbs 28:19 He that tills his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that follows after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

Ecclesiastes 5:9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.


Proverbs 6:6-11 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise...

Proverbs 11:5,6 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness...

Psalm 112:5 A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Ecclesiastes 8:5,6 Whoever keeps the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment...

Jeremiah 8:7-10 Yes, the stork in the heaven knows her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming...

The 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
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou ... hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation ... T he extent, variety, and order of the creation, proclaim the glory of God. He is likewise, ^* Maximus in Minimis . The smallest of the works, that we are capable of examining, such for instance as the eye or the wing of a little insect, the creature of a day, are stamped with an inimitable impression of His wisdom and power. Thus in His written Word, there
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 2

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
Having spoken of the general notion of blessedness, I come next to consider the subjects of this blessedness, and these our Saviour has deciphered to be the poor in spirit, the mourners, etc. But before I touch upon these, I shall attempt a little preface or paraphrase upon this sermon of the beatitudes. 1 Observe the divinity in this sermon, which goes beyond all philosophy. The philosophers use to say that one contrary expels another; but here one contrary begets another. Poverty is wont to expel
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Deuteronomy 21:4
and lead it down to a valley that has not been plowed or planted and where there is a flowing stream. There in the valley they are to break the heifer's neck.

Proverbs 12:11
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.

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