Proverbs 23:4

“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Labour not to bee rich: cease from thine owne wisedome.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration {of it.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Weary not thyself to be rich; Cease from thine own wisdom.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Take no care to get wealth; let there be an end to your desire for money.
- Basic English Bible

Weary not thyself to become rich; cease from thine own intelligence:
- Darby Bible

Labor not to be rich: cease from thy own wisdom.
- Webster's Bible

Don't weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint.
- World English Bible

Labour not to make wealth, From thine own understanding cease, Dost thou cause thine eyes to fly upon it? Then it is not.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Weary not thyself to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 23:4


23:4 Thine own wisdom - From worldly wisdom, which persuades men to use all possible means to get riches.


Discussion for Proverbs 23:4

  • It s not wise to wear ourselves out trying to become rich. As the Bible shows, material wealth can disappear quickly. It may vanish overnight because of a natural disaster, an economic slump, or other unforeseen occurrences.
  • Satan has seduced people into looking to material things to provide security. However it can not provide direction or answers to life's deeper questions. We can not look to material things to fill spiritual needs, we will be disappointed. What matters is our relationship with Jehovah God, with him we can find genuine security.

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