Proverbs 21:20
New International Version
The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.

New Living Translation
The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.

English Standard Version
Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.

Berean Study Bible
Precious treasures and oil are in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man consumes them.

King James Bible
There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

New King James Version
There is desirable treasure, And oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man squanders it.

New American Standard Bible
There is precious treasure and oil in the home of the wise, But a foolish person swallows it up.

NASB 1995
There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man swallows it up.

NASB 1977
There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man swallows it up.

Amplified Bible
There is precious treasure and oil in the house of the wise [who prepare for the future], But a short-sighted and foolish man swallows it up and wastes it.

Christian Standard Bible
Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of a wise person, but a fool consumes them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of a wise person, but a foolish man consumes them.

American Standard Version
There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; But a foolish man swalloweth it up.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
There is coveted treasure and oil in the dwelling of a wise man and the intelligent of the children of men will consume it.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A desirable treasure will rest on the mouth of the wise; but foolish men will swallow it up.

Contemporary English Version
Be sensible and store up precious treasures--don't waste them like a fool.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is a treasure to be desired, and oil in the dwelling of the just: and the foolish man shall spend it.

English Revised Version
There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man swalloweth it up.

Good News Translation
Wise people live in wealth and luxury, but stupid people spend their money as fast as they get it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Costly treasure and wealth are in the home of a wise person, but a fool devours them.

International Standard Version
Precious treasures and oil are found where the wise live, but a foolish man devours them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
There is desirable treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; But a foolish man swalloweth it up.

Literal Standard Version
A treasure to be desired, and oil, [Is] in the habitation of the wise, And a foolish man swallows it up.

NET Bible
There is desirable treasure and olive oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish person devours all he has.

New Heart English Bible
There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man swallows it up.

World English Bible
There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man swallows it up.

Young's Literal Translation
A treasure to be desired, and oil, Is in the habitation of the wise, And a foolish man swalloweth it up.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The King's Heart
19Better to live in the desert than with a contentious and ill-tempered wife. 20Precious treasures and oil are in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man consumes them. 21He who pursues righteousness and loving devotion finds life, righteousness, and honor.…

Cross References
Job 20:15
He swallows wealth but vomits it out; God will force it from his stomach.

Job 20:18
He must return the fruit of his labor without consuming it; he cannot enjoy the profits of his trading.

Psalm 112:3
Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.

Proverbs 8:21
bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.

Proverbs 14:24
The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the effort of fools is folly.

Proverbs 22:4
The rewards of humility and the fear of the LORD are wealth and honor and life.


Treasury of Scripture

There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spends it up.

treasure

Proverbs 10:22
The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Proverbs 15:6
In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

Psalm 112:3
Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

oil

Psalm 23:5
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Jeremiah 41:8
But ten men were found among them that said unto Ishmael, Slay us not: for we have treasures in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he forbare, and slew them not among their brethren.

Matthew 25:3,4
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: …

but

Matthew 25:3,4,8
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: …

Luke 15:14
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

Luke 16:1,19-25
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods…









Verse 20. - There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise. Precious treasure and store of provision and rich unguents (ver. 17) are collected in the house of the wise man, by which he may fare sumptuously, exercise hospitality, and lay up for the future (comp. Proverbs 24:4). But a foolish man spendeth it up. "A fool of a man" (Proverbs 15:20) soon swallows, runs through and exhausts, all that has been accumulated (ver. 17). Septuagint, "A desirable ἐπιθυμητὸς treasure will rest on the mouth of the wise, but foolish men will swallow it up." It is obvious to apply the maxim to spiritual things, seeing in it the truth that the really wise man stores up treasures of Divine love and the oil of God's grace, while the foolish man wastes his opportunities, squanders his powers, and drives the Holy Spirit from him.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Precious
נֶחְמָ֣ד (neḥ·māḏ)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 2530: To desire, take pleasure in

treasures
אוֹצָ֤ר ׀ (’ō·w·ṣār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 214: Treasure, store, a treasury, storehouse

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

are in the dwelling
בִּנְוֵ֣ה (bin·wêh)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5116: Abode of shepherd or flocks, habitation

of the wise,
חָכָ֑ם (ḥā·ḵām)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2450: Wise

but a foolish
וּכְסִ֖יל (ū·ḵə·sîl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

man
אָדָ֣ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

consumes them.
יְבַלְּעֶֽנּוּ׃ (yə·ḇal·lə·‘en·nū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1104: To swallow down, swallow up, engulf


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