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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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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 …
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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.
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
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