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Proverbs 11:24 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— There is that scattereth, and increaseth yet more; And there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] only to want.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] to poverty.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— There is one who scatters, and [yet] increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, [and yet it results] only in want.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] to poverty.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is right, but [it tendeth] only to want.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— There is who scattereth, and increaseth yet more, and who withholdeth of what is due, only to come to want.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— There is who is scattering, and yet is increased, And who is keeping back from uprightness, only to want.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Some distribute their own goods, and grow richer: others take away what is not their own, and are always in want.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more then is meete, but [it tendeth] to pouertie.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— There are [some] who scatter their own, and make it more: and there are [some] also who gather, [yet] have less.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] to poverty.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
There is 3426
{3426} Prime
Perhaps from an unused root meaning to stand out, or exist; entity; used adverbially or as a copula for the substantive verb (H1961); there is or are (or any other form of the verb to be, as may suit the connection).
that scattereth, 6340
{6340} Prime
A primitive root; to scatter, whether in enmity or bounty.
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
and yet x5750
(5750) Complement
From H5749; properly iteration or continuance; used only adverbially (with or without preposition), again, repeatedly, still, more.
increaseth; 3254
{3254} Prime
A primitive root; to add or augment (often adverbially to continue to do a thing).
<8737> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 793
and [there is] that withholdeth 2820
{2820} Prime
A prim root; to restrain or (reflexively) refrain; by implication to refuse, spare, preserve; also (by interchange with H2821) to observe.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
more than is meet, 3476
{3476} Prime
From H3474; the right.
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
but [it tendeth] to poverty. 4270
{4270} Prime
From H2637; deficiency; hence impoverishment.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 11:24-31

_ _ The scope of the whole is a comment on Proverbs 11:23. Thus liberality, by God’s blessing, secures increase, while penuriousness, instead of expected gain, procures poverty.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 11:24

_ _ Note, 1. It is possible a man may grow rich by prudently spending what he has, may scatter in works of piety, charity, and generosity, and yet may increase; nay, by that means may increase, as the corn is increased by being sown. By cheerfully using what we have our spirits are exhilarated, and so fitted for the business we have to do, by minding which closely what we have is increased; it gains a reputation which contributes to the increase. But it is especially to be ascribed to God; he blesses the giving hand, and so makes it a getting hand, 2 Corinthians 9:10. Give, and it shall be given you. 2. It is possible a man may grow poor by meanly sparing what he has, withholding more than is meet, not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not providing what is convenient for the family, not allowing necessary expenses for the preservation of the goods; this tends to poverty; it cramps men's ingenuity and industry, weakens their interest, destroys their credit, and forfeits the blessing of God: and, let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God blast it and blow upon it, it comes to nothing. A fire not blown shall consume it, Haggai 1:6, Haggai 1:9.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 11:24

Scattereth — That gives liberally. Increaseth — Through God's blessing upon his estate. Poverty — By God's providence secretly blasting his estate.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 11:24

There is that scattereth, (n) and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more (o) than is right, but [it tendeth] to poverty.

(n) Meaning they who give liberally, whom God blesses.

(o) That is, the miser.

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that scattereth:

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness [shall be] a sure reward.
Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Proverbs 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
Deuteronomy 15:10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.
Psalms 112:9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. ... Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both [shall be] alike good.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Acts 11:29-30 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: ... Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
2 Corinthians 9:5-11 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as [a matter of] bounty, and not as [of] covetousness. ... Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.


Haggai 1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages [to put it] into a bag with holes.
Haggai 1:9-11 Ye looked for much, and, lo, [it came] to little; and when ye brought [it] home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that [is] waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. ... And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon [that] which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.
Haggai 2:16-19 Since those [days] were, when [one] came to an heap of twenty [measures], there were [but] ten: when [one] came to the pressfat for to draw out fifty [vessels] out of the press, there were [but] twenty. ... Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless [you].
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