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

  • Jerry
    V3. To do right is better than to say, "I'm sorry," We all know what is right and what is wrong, because "...the Law is written in our hearts..." according to Romans 2:15. But you know the "FLESH," it is wicked, it doesn't want to be told what to do, so we have this daily battle resisting the desires of the flesh. For some doing right is easy...
  • Irene123
    To Lillian on Pro. 21 - Thank-you Lillian; your message came just in the nick of time. I was having a problem today with a couple young family members. And the daily verse was about watching our words. The Lord knows long before we need whatever it is.
  • Stefan Nagiel
    What is stated conflicts with God....for we are in is Image....so should speak Has him and not hold our Tongue....for Jesus said the Kingdom of God is inside us all....
  • Lilian
    We need Jesus to cleanses our mind, heart and soul everyday and meditate his words. We will receive his guidance and his favor, think twice before we say and talk, for the wives we need to avoid nagging and be abusive to our husband instead to support and pray quitely God will help us to settle the problem. Fighting and getting angry is the work of the devil. Just Praise God
  • David
    V3 this vs tells us that judgement is better than sacrifices. Many like to quote "do not judge" and forget the rest "for with what you judge you shall be judged". The bible refers to the righteous judgement and the only way to have it is to have the Christ in our lives. Judge according to Godliness as you know it and study to show yourself approved. stay strong.
  • 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.

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