Proverbs 21:20

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

There is treasure to be desired, and oyle in the dwelling of the wise: but a foolish man spendeth it vp.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man swallows it up.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; But a foolish man swalloweth it up.
- American Standard Version (1901)

There is a store of great value in the house of the wise, but it is wasted by the foolish man.
- Basic English Bible

There is costly store and oil in the dwelling of a wise [man]; but a foolish man swalloweth it up.
- Darby Bible

There is a treasure to be desired, and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
- Webster's Bible

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

A treasure to be desired, and oil, [Is] in the habitation of the wise, And a foolish man swalloweth it up.
- Youngs Literal Bible

There is desirable treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man swalloweth it up.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 21:20


21:20 The wise - Wise men lay up desirable treasures for their own use, and for their families. Oil is particularly mentioned, because that was a considerable part of their wealth and treasures in those countries.


Discussion for Proverbs 21

  • Ted
    I have verse 31 engraved on a weapon because it proves that this book is alive. I am serving in Afghanistan and on daily basis I prepare equipment for battle and send it to the fight. The safe return is the reward.
  • Patricia for verse 23
    To me this means if we know what to say and when to say it we shall keep our souls from trouble. Basically there is a time and place for things to be said or not said.
  • Bihbish for verse 5
    this verse has thought me to me clam in every thing I do and be strong in prayers GOD will see me through
  • Donna Lewis for verse 19
    I believe that a wife is not suppose to argue about the same thing over and over again thats nagging, its doesn 't acomplish anything but bigger problems or words you 'll regret saying im guilty of that im asking God for help right this minute to remain quite when I 'm tempted to nagg. So im asking for prayer please. Thank You.
  • Stephen Adebowale Dahunsi for verse 19
    It simply means that man should settle with a woman that will improve their spiritual wellbeing because there will not be any excuse on the last day eg case of Adam and Eve.
  • Ann johnson
    Be encouraged all ye Saints of the Lord for if God be for us who can be against us? In all things we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus! I have a praise report concerning verse 31. Many months ago I started including the last part of this verse in my prayers, "Safety is of the Lord. " On April 21 I was returning home from shopping, I lacked a short distance reaching my street. A car was speeding down the hill when the driver lost control. I stopped my car. The other car 's brakes were squealing and smoking. The car was on my side of the road about 10 to 12 feet from me, headed straight toward me. It sounded like a screaming demon. I looked at the car and the thought came into my mind, "I am going to be hit head on. " I closed my eyes waiting and expecting impact. All I heard was the sound of a rushing wind. I opened my eyes and the car was gone!!! Praise God! From where the car was, there was no way humanly possible for it to miss me. There was not a scratch on me or my vehicle. I am here to witness and say, "Truly, safety is of the Lord. " Thank you, Jesus! Keep praying that hedge around your lost loved ones....God honors His Word.

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