Proverbs 23:4
New International Version
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.

New Living Translation
Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.

English Standard Version
Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.

Berean Study Bible
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; be wise enough to restrain yourself.

King James Bible
Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

New King James Version
Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease!

New American Standard Bible
Do not weary yourself to gain wealth; Stop dwelling on it.

NASB 1995
Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it.

NASB 1977
Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it.

Amplified Bible
Do not weary yourself [with the overwhelming desire] to gain wealth; Cease from your own understanding of it.

Christian Standard Bible
Don’t wear yourself out to get rich; because you know better, stop!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don’t wear yourself out to get rich; stop giving your attention to it.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not come near a rich man, but in wisdom, separate from him;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If thou art poor, measure not thyself with a rich man; but refrain thyself in thy wisdom.

Contemporary English Version
Give up trying so hard to get rich.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Labour not to be rich: but set bounds to thy prudence.

English Revised Version
Weary not thyself to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom.

Good News Translation
Be wise enough not to wear yourself out trying to get rich.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not wear yourself out getting rich. Be smart enough to stop.

International Standard Version
Don't exhaust yourself acquiring wealth; be smart enough to stop.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Weary not thyself to be rich; Cease from thine own wisdom.

Literal Standard Version
Do not labor to make wealth, Cease from your own understanding, Do you cause your eyes to fly on it? Then it is not.

NET Bible
Do not wear yourself out to become rich; be wise enough to restrain yourself.

New Heart English Bible
Do not weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint.

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

Young's Literal Translation
Labour not to make wealth, From thine own understanding cease, Dost thou cause thine eyes to fly upon it? Then it is not.

Additional Translations ...
Context
True Riches
3Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive. 4Do not wear yourself out to get rich; be wise enough to restrain yourself. 5When you glance at wealth, it disappears, for it makes wings for itself and flies like an eagle to the sky.…

Cross References
Matthew 6:19
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

Mark 4:19
but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

1 Timothy 6:9
Those who want to be rich, however, fall into temptation and become ensnared by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, for God has said: "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you."

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 3:7
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 15:27
He who is greedy for unjust gain brings trouble on his household, but he who hates bribes will live.


Treasury of Scripture

Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom.

labour

Proverbs 28:20
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

John 6:27
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

1 Timothy 6:8-10
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content…

cease

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Proverbs 26:12
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Isaiah 5:21
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!









(4) Cease from thine own wisdom.--Cleverness shewn in piling up wealth.

Verses 4, 5. - These form a pentastich. Verse 4. - Labour not - weary not thyself - to be rich. John 6:27, "Labour not for the meat that perisheth," where the warning is against that absorbing eagerness for wealth which leads to evil doing and neglect of all higher interests. Cease from thine own wisdom. The wisdom (binah, Proverbs 3:5) is that which is necessary for making and keeping wealth. Vulgate, Prudentiae tuae pone modum. This is not the highest form of wisdom (chochmah), but rather the faculty of distinguishing one thing from another, mere discernment, which may exist without any religious or keen moral sense (see note on Proverbs 16:16, where possibly the contrast is expressed). Talmud, "He who augments his riches augments his cares." Erasmus, 'Adag,,' quotes or writes -

"Jupiter ementitur opes mortalibus ipse,
Sic visum ut fuerit, cuicunque, bonove, malove?
Septuagint, "If thou art poor, measure not thyself (μὴ παρεκτείνου) with a rich man, but in thy wisdom refrain thyself."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

wear yourself out
תִּיגַ֥ע (tî·ḡa‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3021: To gasp, to be exhausted, to tire, to toil

to get rich;
לְֽהַעֲשִׁ֑יר (lə·ha·‘ă·šîr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's 6238: To accumulate, chiefly, to grow, rich

be wise enough
מִֽבִּינָתְךָ֥ (mib·bî·nā·ṯə·ḵā)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 998: An understanding

to restrain yourself.
חֲדָֽל׃ (ḥă·ḏāl)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 2308: To be flabby, desist, be lacking, idle


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