Proverbs 21:17
New International Version
Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.

New Living Translation
Those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.

English Standard Version
Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.

Berean Study Bible
He who loves pleasure will become poor; the one who loves wine and oil will never be rich.

New American Standard Bible
He who loves pleasure will become a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.

New King James Version
He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.

King James Bible
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will not get rich.

Contemporary English Version
Heavy drinkers and others who live only for pleasure will lose all they have.

Good News Translation
Indulging in luxuries, wine, and rich food will never make you wealthy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who loves pleasure will become a poor man; whoever loves wine and oil will not get rich.

International Standard Version
Pleasure lovers become poor; loving wine and oil doesn't bring riches.

NET Bible
The one who loves pleasure will be a poor person; whoever loves wine and anointing oil will not be rich.

New Heart English Bible
He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man. He who loves wine and oil shall not be rich.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A man that is wanting and loves joy and wine and pleasure, will not be rich.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever loves pleasure will become poor. Whoever loves wine and expensive food will not become rich.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; He that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

New American Standard 1977
He who loves pleasure will become a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that loves pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loves wine and oil shall not be rich.

King James 2000 Bible
He that loves pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loves wine and oil shall not be rich.

American King James Version
He that loves pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loves wine and oil shall not be rich.

American Standard Version
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: He that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A poor man loves mirth, loving wine and oil in abundance;

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that loveth good cheer, shall be in want: he that loveth wine, and fat things, shall not be rich.

Darby Bible Translation
He that loveth mirth shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

English Revised Version
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

World English Bible
He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man. He who loves wine and oil shall not be rich.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is loving mirth is a poor man, Whoso is loving wine and oil maketh no wealth.
Study Bible
The King's Heart
16The man who strays from the path of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead. 17He who loves pleasure will become poor; the one who loves wine and oil will never become rich. 18The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the faithless for the upright.…
Cross References
Proverbs 23:21
For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe them in rags.

Proverbs 21:18
The wicked shall become a ransom for the righteous, and the faithless for the upright.

Treasury of Scripture

He that loves pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loves wine and oil shall not be rich.

loveth

Proverbs 21:20
There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

Proverbs 5:10,11
Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; …

Proverbs 23:21
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

pleasure

Lexicon
He who loves
אֹהֵ֣ב (’ō·hêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

pleasure
שִׂמְחָ֑ה (śim·ḥāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8057: Blithesomeness, glee

will become poor;
מַ֭חְסוֹר (maḥ·sō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4270: A need, thing needed, poverty

the one who loves
אֹהֵ֥ב (’ō·hêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

wine
יַֽיִן־ (ya·yin-)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3196: Wine, intoxication

and oil
וָ֝שֶׁ֗מֶן (wā·še·men)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8081: Grease, liquid, richness

will never
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

become rich.
יַעֲשִֽׁיר׃ (ya·‘ă·šîr)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6238: To accumulate, chiefly, to grow, rich
(17) Wine and oil.--The accompaniments of a feast. The oil, or precious unguents, were poured over the head (comp. Psalm 23:5). It was the excessive love and gratitude of the two Marys (Luke 7:38; John 12:3) which prompted them to anoint the Lord's feet. These perfumes were sometimes of great value, the "pound of ointment of spikenard" (John 12:3) was worth "more than three hundred pence" (10 12s. 6d.), the wages of a day labourer (Matthew 20:2) for nearly a year.

Verse 17. - He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; qui diligit epulas, Vulgate; for feasts are chiefly, though not exclusively, intended. He shall become "a man of want" (machesor) as Proverbs 11:24. He that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. "Wine and oil" were the usual adjuncts of banquets (Psalm 23:5; Psalm 104:15). Some unguents used for anointing honoured guests were very costly. The pound of spikenard expended by Mary of Bethany was worth more than three hundred pence - the wages of a labourer for nearly a whole year (see John 12:3; Matthew 20:2). Indulgence in such luxuries would be a token of prodigality and extravagance, which are the sure precursors of ruin; while, on the other hand, according to the trite proverb, Magnum vectigal est parsimonia. That fulness of meat and luxurious habits tend to spiritual poverty and the loss of grace, need not be insisted on. Septuagint, "A man in want (ἐνδεὴς) loveth mirth, loving wine and oil unto wealth (εἰς πλοῦτον)." Some translate the last words, "in abundance," as if the meaning was that the poor endeavours to mitigate the severity of his lot by getting all the pleasure he can from creature comforts however procured. Others think that a negative has fallen out of the Greek, which should be, "not unto wealth," i.e. he shall not be enriched thereby.
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