Proverbs 30:9

“Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poore, and steale, and take the name of my God in vaine.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

That I not be full and deny {You} and say, "Who is the LORD? Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Lest I be full, and deny `thee', and say, Who is Jehovah? Or lest I be poor, and steal, And use profanely the name of my God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For fear that if I am full, I may be false to you and say, Who is the Lord? or if I am poor, I may become a thief, using the name of my God wrongly.
- Basic English Bible

lest I be full and deny [thee], and say, Who is Jehovah? or lest I be poor and steal, and outrage the name of my God.
- Darby Bible

Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
- Webster's Bible

lest I be full, deny you, and say, 'Who is Yahweh?' or lest I be poor, and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
- World English Bible

Lest I become satiated, and have denied, And have said, `Who [is] Jehovah?' And lest I be poor, and have stolen, And have laid hold of the name of my God.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Lest I be full, and deny, and say: 'Who is the LORD?' Or lest I be poor, and steal, and profane the name of my God.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 30:9


30:9 Deny thee - By trusting to riches, which is a denial of God, and by unthankfulness for, and abuse of his mercies. Who is the Lord - That I should serve him. Lest I take - Use false oaths either to vindicate myself when I am suspected, or to gratify others, as poor men frequently do.


Discussion for Proverbs 30:9

  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 9
    Thank God that He gives us what we need, and we should not strive to be rich, less we forget God; or poor then we would be tempted to steal. Just pray for just enough to satisfy our needs. Learn to be content in whatever state you find yourself in, whether abase or abounding.

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