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Proverbs 28:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A faithful man shall abound with blessings; But he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be unpunished.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— A faithful man aboundeth with blessings; but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— A man of fidelity, aboundeth in blessings, but, one hasting to be rich, shall not be held innocent.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A stedfast man hath multiplied blessings, And whoso is hasting to be rich is not acquitted.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A faithful man shall be much praised: but he that maketh haste to be rich, shall not be innocent.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— A faithfull man shall abound with blessings: but hee that maketh haste to be rich, shall not be innocent.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A man worthy of credit shall be much blessed: but the wicked shall not be unpunished.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
A faithful 530
{0530} Prime
Feminine of H0529; literally firmness; figuratively security; moral fidelity.
man 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
shall abound 7227
{7227} Prime
By contraction from H7231; abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality).
with blessings: 1293
{1293} Prime
From H1288; benediction; by implication prosperity.
but he that maketh haste 213
{0213} Prime
A primitive root; to press; (by implication) to be close, hurry, withdraw.
<8801> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 309
to be rich 6238
{6238} Prime
A primitive root; properly to accumulate; chiefly (specifically) to grow (causatively make) rich.
<8687> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 1162
shall not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
be innocent. 5352
{5352} Prime
A primitive root; to be (or make) clean (literally or figuratively); by implication (in an adverse sense) to be bare, that is, extirpated.
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 28:20

_ _ maketh haste ... rich — implying deceit or fraud (Proverbs 20:21), and so opposed to “faithful” or reliable.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 28:20

_ _ Here, 1. We are directed in the true way to be happy, and that is to be holy and honest. He that is faithful to God and man shall be blessed of the Lord, and he shall abound with blessings of the upper and nether springs. Men shall praise him, and pray for him, and be ready to do him any kindness. He shall abound in doing good, and shall himself be a blessing to the place where he lives. Usefulness shall be the reward of faithfulness, and it is a good reward. 2. We are cautioned against a false and deceitful way to happiness, and that is, right or wrong, raising an estate suddenly. Say not, This is the way to abound with blessings, for he that makes haste to be rich, more haste than good speed, shall not be innocent; and, if he be not, he shall not be blessed of God, but rather bring a curse upon what he has; nor, if he be not innocent, can he long be easy to himself; he shall not be accounted innocent by his neighbours, but shall have their ill will and ill word. He does not say that he cannot be innocent, but there is all the probability in the world that he will not prove so: He that hasteth with his feet sinneth, stumbleth, falleth. Sed quae reverentia legum, quis metus, aut pudor, est unquam properantis avari?What reverence for law, what fear, what shame, was ever indicated by an avaricious man hasting to be rich?

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 28:20

Faithful — Who deals truly and justly in all his transactions.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
1 Samuel 22:14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who [is so] faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king's son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house?
Nehemiah 7:2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he [was] a faithful man, and feared God above many.
Psalms 101:6 Mine eyes [shall be] upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
Psalms 112:4-9 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: [he is] gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. ... He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom [his] lord shall make ruler over his household, to give [them their] portion of meat in due season?
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 16:10-12 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. ... And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
1 Corinthians 4:2-5 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. ... Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Revelation 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, [even] where Satan's seat [is]: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas [was] my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.


Proverbs 28:22 He that hasteth to be rich [hath] an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
Proverbs 13:11 Wealth [gotten] by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
Proverbs 20:21 An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
Proverbs 23:4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
2 Kings 5:20-27 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, [as] the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. ... The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper [as white] as snow.
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.

or, unpunished,
Proverbs 17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
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