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Proverbs 21:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by them that seek death.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The getting of treasures by a lying tongue [is] a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The getting of treasures by a lying tongue [is] a vanity tossed to and fro by them that seek death.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting breath of them that seek death.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The gaining of treasures with a tongue of falsehood, is a vapour driven away, [they who seek them] seek death.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The making of treasures by a lying tongue, [Is] a vanity driven away of those seeking death.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He that gathereth treasures by a lying tongue, is vain and foolish, and shall stumble upon the snares of death.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The getting of treasures by a lying tongue, [is] a vanitie tossed to and fro of them that seeke death.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— He that gathers treasures with a lying tongue pursues vanity [on] to the snares of death.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The getting of treasures by a lying tongue [is] a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The getting 6467
{6467} Prime
From H6466; an act or work (concretely).
of treasures 214
{0214} Prime
From H0686; a depository.
by a lying 8267
{8267} Prime
From H8266; an untruth; by implication a sham (often adverbially).
tongue 3956
{3956} Prime
From H3960; the tongue (of man or animals), used literally (as the instrument of licking, eating, or speech), and figuratively (speech, an ingot, a fork of flame, a cove of water).
[is] a vanity 1892
{1892} Prime
From H1891; emptiness or vanity; figuratively something transitory and unsatisfactory; often used as an adverb.
tossed to and fro x5086
(5086) Complement
A primitive root; to shove asunder, that is, disperse.
of y5086
[5086] Standard
A primitive root; to shove asunder, that is, disperse.
<8737> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 793
them that seek 1245
{1245} Prime
A primitive root; to search out (by any method; specifically in worship or prayer); by implication to strive after.
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
death. 4194
{4194} Prime
From H4191; death (natural or violent); concretely the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively pestilence, ruin.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 21:6

_ _ The getting — or, “what is obtained” (compare Job 7:2; Jeremiah 22:13, Hebrew).

_ _ vanity ... to and fro — as fleeting as chaff or stubble in the wind (compare Proverbs 20:17-21; Psalms 62:10). Such gettings are unsatisfactory.

_ _ them ... death — act as if they did (Proverbs 8:36; Proverbs 17:19).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 21:6

_ _ This shows the folly of those that hope to enrich themselves by dishonest practices, by oppressing and over-reaching those with whom they deal, by false-witness-bearing, or by fraudulent contracts, of those that make no scruples of lying when there is any thing to be got by it. They may perhaps heap up treasures by these means, that which they make their treasure; but, 1. They will not meet with the satisfaction they expect. It is a vanity tossed to and fro; it will be disappointment and vexation of spirit to them; they will not have the comfort of it, nor can they put any confidence in it, but will be perpetually uneasy. It will be tossed to and fro by their own consciences, and by the censures of men; let them expect to be in a constant hurry. 2. They will meet with destruction they do not expect. While they are seeking wealth by such unlawful practices they are really seeking death; they lay themselves open to the envy and ill-will of men by the treasures they get, and to the wrath and curse of God, by the lying tongue wherewith they get them, which he will make to fall upon themselves and sink them to hell.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 21:6

Lying tongue — By any false or deceitful words or actions. Is tossed — Is like the chaff or smoak driven away by the wind. Of them — That take those courses which will bring destruction upon them.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 10:2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
Proverbs 13:11 Wealth [gotten] by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
Proverbs 20:14 [It is] naught, [it is] naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
Proverbs 20:21 An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
Proverbs 22:8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
Proverbs 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
Jeremiah 17:11 [As] the partridge sitteth [on eggs], and hatcheth [them] not; [so] he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
1 Timothy 6:9-10 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. ... For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.


Proverbs 8:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
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