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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paul Shetu
    13 This verse: If it means what it says, one will have themselves to blame when finding themselves in prolonged trouble. to me abiding by this truth is vital even for ANSWERED PRAYERS! Halleluiah!
  • Ray ortiz for verse 23
    What ever words that comes out of the mouth, it was in the heart first. we have to pray everyday for more control of the tongue. What people say to others could hurt. good verse

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