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

  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 21:6 THE GETTING OF TREASURES BY A LYING TONGUE IS A VANITY TOSSED TO AND FRO OF THEM THAT SEEK DEATH----PROVERBS 10:2 TRESURES OF WICKEDNESS PROFIT NOTHING BUT RIGHTEOUSNESS DELIVERETH FROM DEATH----PROVERBS 8:8 ALL THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH ARE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS THERE IS NOTHING FROWARD OR PERVERSE IN THEM
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 21:21 HE THAT FOLLOWETH AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS AND MERCY FINDETH LIFE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HONOR --- PSALM 25:10 ALL THE PATHS OF THE LORD ARE MERCY AND TRUTH UNTO SUCH AS KEEP HIS COVENANT AND HIS TESTIMONIES LUKE 1:50 AND HIS MERCY IS ON THEM THAT FEAR HIM FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION --- PSALM 103:11 FOR AS THE HEAVEN IS HIGH ABOVE THE EARTH SO GREAT IS HIS MERCY TOWARD THEM THAT FEAR HIM
  • Ahuwa Chiamaka
    God is the All knowing,Wisest
  • Caleb
    no matter how we prepare GOD is in charge so it is by grace that we are able to deliver when we have prepared
  • 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!
  • Bettye Blaylock
    I love this verse because if we all abides by just this verse we would have more peace in our lives.

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