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 21:17

  • C. Hayes for verse 17
    First of all I don 't quite understand why their are different versions of the Bible to explain this verse. Second, what does wine and olive oil have to do with gaining, or not gaining any wealth?

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