Proverbs 11:24

“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more then is meete, but it tendeth to pouertie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

There is one who scatters, and {yet} increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, {and yet it results} only in want.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

There is that scattereth, and increaseth yet more; And there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but `it tendeth' only to want.
- American Standard Version (1901)

A man may give freely, and still his wealth will be increased; and another may keep back more than is right, but only comes to be in need.
- Basic English Bible

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is right, but [it tendeth] only to want.
- Darby Bible

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
- Webster's Bible

There is one who scatters, and increases yet more. There is one who withholds more than is appropriate, but gains poverty.
- World English Bible

There is who is scattering, and yet is increased, And who is keeping back from uprightness, only to want.
- Youngs Literal Bible

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth only to want.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 11:24


11:24 Scattereth - That gives liberally. Increaseth - Through God's blessing upon his estate. Poverty - By God's providence secretly blasting his estate.


Discussion for Proverbs 11:24

  • Mimi Pauls for verse 24
    When a man withholds, it 's just like him tightening his palm. And because his palm is tightened, he can neither give nor receive, so he tendeth to poverty.

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