Proverbs 21:17

“He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He that loueth pleasure, shall be a poore man: hee that loueth wine and oyle, shall not be rich.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He who loves pleasure {will become} a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: He that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The lover of pleasure will be a poor man: the lover of wine and oil will not get wealth.
- Basic English Bible

He that loveth mirth shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
- Darby Bible

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
- Webster's Bible

He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man. He who loves wine and oil shall not be rich.
- World English Bible

Whoso [is] loving mirth [is] a poor man, Whoso is loving wine and oil maketh no wealth.
- Youngs Literal Bible

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 21:17


21:17 Wine and oil - Delicious fare and luxurious feasting. Wine and oil were much used in feasts in those parts.


Discussion for Proverbs 21

  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 21:8 the way --OF MAN-- is froward / disobedient / unyielding--and strange but as for the pure his work is right ROMANS 6:16 know you not that to whom you YIELD yourselves servants to obey his servants you are to whom you obey whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness PROVERBS 8:8 all the wordsOF MY MOUTHare in righteousness there is nothing froward or perverse in them
  • Jim
    Theresa: Yes, verse 20 is what I meant. Thanks and Merry Christmas!
  • Vanessa
    Being born again is the coming of the Holy Ghost upon you How Jesus spoke to the man that came to him. And explain That one must be born again.. so that he can guide you all truth .. you will have a personal relationships with the Holy Ghost .the bible comes alive to you because Jesus Christ will show him self to you . In a wonderful way in spirit is how I meet Jesus Christ the son god .. pray ..
  • Theresa
    Jim, I think you meant verse 20 concerning money. I agree with you.
  • Lilian
    Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue shall keepeth his soul from troubles.
    The words of wisdom only comes from Jesus Abba Father please guide me and cleanse my heart my mind and my soul let my mouth and my tongue away from speaking of unrighteousness by your blood I am cleanse let my mouth and use them to praise you and worship you forever amen hallelujah
  • Jim
    Verse 21: Christians know that it is the 'love' of money is the root of all evil and not money itself. Poor financial management by Christians is sad today. Most people cannot come up with $500.00 for an emergency without using credit cards etc. I believe God expects Christians to be diligent and wise with all He has provided including wealth; it should all be used for His glory!

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