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Proverbs 10:16 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The labor of the righteous [tendeth] to life; The increase of the wicked, to sin.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The labour of the righteous [tendeth] to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The wages of the righteous is life, The income of the wicked, punishment.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The labor of the righteous [tendeth] to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The labour of a righteous [man tendeth] to life; the revenue of a wicked [man], to sin.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The labour of the righteous, [leadeth] to life, the increase of the lawless, to sin.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The wage of the righteous [is] for life, The increase of the wicked for sin.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The work of the just is unto life: but the fruit of the wicked unto sin.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The labour of the righteous [tendeth] to life: the fruite of the wicked to sinne.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The works of the righteous produce life; but the fruits of the ungodly [produce] sins.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The labour of the righteous [tendeth] to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The labour 6468
{6468} Prime
Feminine passive participle of H6466; (abstractly) work.
of the righteous 6662
{6662} Prime
From H6663; just.
[tendeth] to life: 2416
{2416} Prime
From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively.
the fruit 8393
{8393} Prime
From H0935; income, that is, produce (literally or figuratively).
of the wicked 7563
{7563} Prime
From H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad person.
to sin. 2403
{2403} Prime
From H2398; an offence (sometimes habitual sinfulness), and its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, or expiation; also (concretely) an offender.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 10:16

_ _ The industry of the righteous is alone truly successful, while the earnings of the wicked tempt and lead to sin.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 10:16

_ _ Solomon here confirms what his father had said (Psalms 37:16), A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked. 1. Perhaps a righteous man has no more than what he works hard for; he eats only the labour of his hands, but that labour tends to life; he aims at nothing but to get an honest livelihood, covets not to be rich and great, but is willing to live and maintain his family. Nor does it tend only to his own life, but he would enable himself to do good to others; he labours that he may have to give (Ephesians 4:28); all his business turns to some good account or other. Or it may be meant of his labour in religion; he takes most pains in that which has a tendency to eternal life; he sows to the Spirit, that he may reap life everlasting. 2. Perhaps a wicked man's wealth is fruit which he did not labour for, but came easily by, but it tends to sin. He makes it the food and fuel of his lusts, his pride and luxury; he gets hurt with it and not good; he gets hurt by it and is hardened by it in his wicked ways. The things of this world are good or evil, life or death, as they are used, and as those are that have them.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 10:16

The labour — The fruit of his labour, to the preservation of this life, and obtaining eternal life. Fruit — The fruit of all their labour tends to sin, and serves only for fuel to mens pride and luxury.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise.
Isaiah 3:10-11 Say ye to the righteous, that [it shall be] well [with him]: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. ... Woe unto the wicked! [it shall be] ill [with him]: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
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 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Galatians 6:7-9 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. ... And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Hebrews 6:10 For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

the fruit:

Matthew 7:17-18 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. ... A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Matthew 12:33-34 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by [his] fruit. ... O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Timothy 2:17-18 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; ... Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
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Pv 11:30. Is 3:10. Mt 7:17; 12:33; 15:19. Jn 6:27. Ro 6:23. 1Co 15:58. Ga 6:7. 2Ti 2:17; 3:13. He 6:10.

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