Proverbs 20:21
New International Version
An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.

New Living Translation
An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end.

English Standard Version
An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

Berean Study Bible
An inheritance gained quickly will not be blessed in the end.

New American Standard Bible
An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end.

New King James Version
An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at the end.

King James Bible
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Christian Standard Bible
An inheritance gained prematurely will not be blessed ultimately.

Contemporary English Version
Getting rich quick may turn out to be a curse.

Good News Translation
The more easily you get your wealth, the less good it will do you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
An inheritance gained prematurely will not be blessed ultimately.

International Standard Version
An inheritance quickly obtained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.

NET Bible
An inheritance gained easily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

New Heart English Bible
An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning, won't be blessed in the end.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An inheritance that is hasty in its beginning will not be blessed in its end.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
An inheritance quickly obtained in the beginning will never be blessed in the end.

JPS Tanakh 1917
An estate may be gotten hastily at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed.

New American Standard 1977
An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning, Will not be blessed in the end.

Jubilee Bible 2000
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning, but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

King James 2000 Bible
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

American King James Version
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

American Standard Version
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A portion hastily gotten at first shall not be blessed in the end.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The inheritance gotten hastily in the beginning, in the end shall be without a blessing.

Darby Bible Translation
An inheritance obtained hastily at the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

English Revised Version
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Webster's Bible Translation
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end of it shall not be blessed.

World English Bible
An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning, won't be blessed in the end.

Young's Literal Translation
An inheritance gotten wrongly at first, Even its latter end is not blessed.
Study Bible
Wine is a Mocker
20Whoever curses his father or mother, his lamp will be extinguished in deepest darkness. 21An inheritance gained quickly will not be blessed in the end. 22Do not say, “I will avenge this evil!” Wait on the LORD, and He will rescue you.…
Cross References
Proverbs 20:20
Whoever curses his father or mother, his lamp will be extinguished in deepest darkness.

Proverbs 20:22
Do not say, "I will avenge this evil!" Wait on the LORD, and He will deliver you.

Proverbs 21:6
Making a fortune by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist, a deadly pursuit.

Proverbs 28:20
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but one eager to be rich will not go unpunished.

Treasury of Scripture

An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

gotten

Proverbs 23:4
Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

Proverbs 28:20,22
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent…

1 Timothy 6:9
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

but

Proverbs 13:22
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

Proverbs 28:8
He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

Job 27:16,17
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay; …







Lexicon
An inheritance
נַ֭חֲלָה (na·ḥă·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5159: Something inherited, occupancy, an heirloom, an estate, patrimony, portion

gained
מְבֹהֶ֣לֶת (mə·ḇō·he·leṯ)
Verb - Pual - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 973: To feel a loathing

quickly
בָּרִאשֹׁנָ֑ה (bā·ri·šō·nāh)
Preposition-b, Article | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7223: First, in place, time, rank

will not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

be blessed
תְבֹרָֽךְ׃ (ṯə·ḇō·rāḵ)
Verb - Pual - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1288: To kneel, to bless God, man, to curse

in the end.
וְ֝אַחֲרִיתָ֗הּ (wə·’a·ḥă·rî·ṯāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 319: The last, end, the future, posterity
(21) The end thereof shall not be blessed.--Comp. Proverbs 28:20 : the evil means by which he acquired the possession will, at the last, be visited upon him. Thus Jacob was punished severely for the selfishness by which he gained the birthright, and for the fraud by which he obtained the blessing belonging to his brother.

Verse 21. - An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning - or, which in the beginning, is obtained in haste - but the end thereof shall not be blessed; or, its end shall not be blessed. The Khetib gives מְבֹהֶלֶת, which (comp. Zechariah 11:8) may mean "detested," but this gives no sense; it is better, with the Keri, to replace kheth with he, and read מְבֹהֶלֶת (meboheleth), "hastened," "hastily acquired" (see Proverbs 13:11, Septuagint). The maxim, taken in connection with the preceding verse, may apply to a bad son who thinks his parents live too long, and by violence robs them of their possessions; or to one who, like the prodigal in the parable, demands prematurely his portion of the paternal goods. But it may also be taken generally as denouncing the fate of those who make haste to be rich, being unscrupulous as to the means by which they gain wealth (see on Proverbs 23:11; 28:20, 22). A Greek gnome says roundly -

Οὐδεὶς ἐπλούτησεν ταχέως δίκαιος ὤν.

"No righteous man e'er grew rich suddenly." 20:7. A good man is not liable to uneasiness in contriving what he shall do, or in reflecting on what he has done, as those who walk in deceit. And his family fare better for his sake. 8. If great men are good men, they may do much good, and prevent very much evil. 9. Some can say, Through grace, we are cleaner than we have been; but it was the work of the Holy Spirit. 10. See the various deceits men use, of which the love of money is the root. The Lord will not bless what is thus gotten. 11. Parents should observe their children, that they may manage them accordingly. 12. All our powers and faculties are from God, and are to be employed for him. 13. Those that indulge themselves, may expect to want necessaries, which should have been gotten by honest labour. 14. Men use arts to get a good bargain, and to buy cheap; whereas a man ought to be ashamed of a fraud and a lie. 15. He that prefers true knowledge to riches, follows the ways of religion and happiness. If we really believed this truth, the word of God would be valued as it deserves, and the world would lose its tempting influence. 16. Those ruin themselves who entangle themselves in rash suretiship. Also those who are in league with abandoned women. Place no confidence in either. 17. Wealth gotten by fraud may be sweet, for the carnal mind takes pleasure in the success of wicked devices; but it will be bitter in the reflection. 18. Especially we need advice in spiritual warfare. The word and Spirit of God are the best counsellors in every point. 19. Those dearly buy their own praise, who put confidence in a man because he speaks fairly. 20. An undutiful child will become very miserable. Never let him expect any peace or comfort. 21. An estate suddenly raised, is often as suddenly ruined. 22. Wait on the Lord, attend his pleasure, and he will protect thee.
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