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Proverbs 21:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; But a foolish man swalloweth it up.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [There is] treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man swallows it up.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [There is] a treasure to be desired, and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— There is costly store and oil in the dwelling of a wise [man]; but a foolish man swalloweth it up.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Desirable treasure and oil, are in the home of the wise, but, a man who is a dullard, will destroy it.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A treasure to be desired, and oil, [Is] in the habitation of the wise, And a foolish man swalloweth it up.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— There is a treasure to be desired, and oil in the dwelling of the just: and the foolish man shall spend it.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— There is treasure to be desired, and oyle in the dwelling of the wise: but a foolish man spendeth it vp.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A desirable treasure will rest on the mouth of the wise; but foolish men will swallow it up.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [There is] treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[There is] treasure 214
{0214} Prime
אוֹצָר
'owtsar
{o-tsaw'}
From H0686; a depository.
to be desired 2530
{2530} Prime
חמד
chamad
{khaw-mad'}
A primitive root; to delight in.
z8737
<8737> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 793
and oil 8081
{8081} Prime
שֶׁמֶן
shemen
{sheh'-men}
From H8080; grease, especially liquid (as from the olive, often perfumed); figuratively richness.
in the dwelling 5116
{5116} Prime
נָוֶה
naveh
{naw-veh'}
From H5115; (adjective) at home; hence (by implication of satisfaction) lovely; also (noun) a home, of God (temple), men (residence), flocks (pasture), or wild animals (den).
of the wise; 2450
{2450} Prime
חָכָם
chakam
{khaw-kawm'}
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
but a foolish 3684
{3684} Prime
כְּסִיל
k@ciyl
{kes-eel'}
From H3688; properly fat, that is, (figuratively) stupid or silly.
man 120
{0120} Prime
אָדָם
'adam
{aw-dawm'}
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
spendeth it up. 1104
{1104} Prime
בּלע
bala`
{beh'-lah}
A primitive root; to make away with (specifically by swallowing); generally to destroy.
z8762
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 21:20

_ _ The wise, by diligence and care, lay up and increase wealth, while fools

_ _ spend — literally, “swallow it up,” greedily.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 21:20

_ _ Note, 1. Those that are wise will increase what they have and live plentifully; their wisdom will teach them to proportion their expenses to their income and to lay up for hereafter; so that there is a treasure of things to be desired, and as much as needs be desired, a good stock of all things convenient, laid up in season, and particularly of oil, one of the staple commodities of Canaan, Deuteronomy 8:8. This is in the habitation, or cottage, of the wise; and it is better to have an old-fashioned house, and have it well furnished, than a fine modern one, with sorry housekeeping. God blesses the endeavors of the wise and then their houses are replenished. 2. Those that are foolish will misspend what they have upon their lusts, and so bring the stock they have to nothing. Those manage wretchedly that are in haste to spend what they had, but not in care which way to get more. Foolish children spend what their wise parents have laid up. One sinner destroys much good, as the prodigal son.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 21:20

The wise — Wise men lay up desirable treasures for their own use, and for their families. Oil is particularly mentioned, because that was a considerable part of their wealth and treasures in those countries.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 21:20

[There is] a treasure to be desired and (i) oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

(i) Meaning, abundance of all things.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
treasure:

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
Proverbs 15:6 In the house of the righteous [is] much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
Psalms 112:3 Wealth and riches [shall be] in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this [is] the gift of God.
Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wisdom [is] good with an inheritance: and [by it there is] profit to them that see the sun.
Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all [things].
Matthew 6:19-20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: ... But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

oil:

Psalms 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Jeremiah 41:8 But ten men were found among them that said unto Ishmael, Slay us not: for we have treasures in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he forbare, and slew them not among their brethren.
Matthew 25:3-4 They that [were] foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: ... But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

but:

Matthew 25:3-4 They that [were] foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: ... But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Matthew 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Luke 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
Luke 16:1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.
Luke 16:19-25 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: ... But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
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Ps 23:5; 112:3. Pv 10:22; 15:6. Ec 5:19; 7:11; 10:19. Jr 41:8. Mt 6:19; 25:3, 8. Lk 6:45; 15:14; 16:1, 19.

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