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Proverbs 20:21 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end of it shall not be blessed.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— An inheritance obtained hastily at the beginning will not be blessed in the end.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— An inheritance hastily gotten at the beginning, the latter end thereof, shall not bring blessing.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— An inheritance gotten wrongly at first, Even its latter end is not blessed.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The inheritance gotten hastily in the beginning, in the end shall be without a blessing.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning: but the ende thereof shall not be blessed.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A portion hastily gotten at first shall not be blessed in the end.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
An inheritance 5159
{5159} Prime
From H5157 (in its usual sense); properly something inherited, that is, (abstractly) occupancy, or (concretely) an heirloom; generally an estate, patrimony or portion.
[may be] gotten hastily 926
{0926} Prime
A primitive root; to tremble inwardly (or palpitate), that is, (figuratively) be (causatively make) (suddenly) alarmed or agitated; by implication to hasten anxiously.
<8794> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 194
<8675> Grammar
Kethiv Reading

Where the translators of the Authorised Version followed the qere reading rather than the kethiv.
[0973] Standard
A primitive root; to loathe. For H0926.
at the beginning; 7223
{7223} Prime
From H7221; first, in place, time or rank (as adjective or noun).
but the end 319
{0319} Prime
From H0310; the last or end, hence the future; also posterity.
thereof shall not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
be blessed. 1288
{1288} Prime
A primitive root; to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit); also (by euphemism) to curse (God or the king, as treason).
<8792> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 93
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 20:21

_ _ gotten hastily — contrary to God’s providence (Proverbs 28:20), implying its unjust or easy attainment; hence the man is punished, or spends freely what he got easily (compare Proverbs 20:17).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 20:21

_ _ Note, 1. It is possible that an estate may be suddenly raised. There are those that will be rich, by right or wrong, who make no conscience of what they say or do if they can but get money by it, who, when it is in their power, will cheat their own father, and who sordidly spare and hoard up what they get, grudging themselves and their families food convenient and thinking all lost but what they buy land with or put out to interest. By such ways as these a man may grow rich, may grow very rich, in a little time, at his first setting out. 2. An estate that is suddenly raised is often as suddenly ruined. It was raised hastily, but, not being raised honestly, it proves soon ripe and soon rotten: The end thereof shall not be blessed of God, and, if he do not bless it, it can neither be comfortable nor of any continuance; so that he who got it at the end will be a fool. He had better have taken time and built firmly.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 23:4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
Proverbs 28:22 He that hasteth to be rich [hath] an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.


Proverbs 13:22 A good [man] leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner [is] laid up for the just.
Proverbs 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
Job 27:16-17 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay; ... He may prepare [it], but the just shall put [it] on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
Habakkuk 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth [that which is] not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!
Zechariah 5:4 I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
Malachi 2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay [it] to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay [it] to heart.
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Jb 27:16. Pv 13:22; 23:4; 28:8, 20, 22. Hab 2:6. Zc 5:4. Mal 2:2. 1Ti 6:9.

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