A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.
A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.
The trustworthy will get a rich reward. But the person who wants to get rich quick will only get into trouble.
Committed and persistent work pays off; get-rich-quick schemes are ripoffs.
A man of good faith will have great blessing, but one attempting to get wealth quickly will not go free from punishment.
The faithful will abound with blessings, but one who is in a hurry to be rich will not go unpunished.
A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
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1 tn Heb “a man of faithfulness,” although the context does not indicate this should be limited only to males.
sn The text does not qualify the nature of the faithfulness. While this would certainly have implications for the person’s righteous acts, its primary meaning may be his diligence and reliability in his work. His faithful work will bring the returns.
2 sn The proverb is not rebuking diligent labor. One who is eager to get rich quickly is the opposite of the faithful person. The first person is faithful to God and to the covenant community; the second is trying to get rich as quickly as possible, at the least without doing an honest day’s work and at the worst dishonestly. In a hurry to gain wealth, he falls into various schemes and will pay for it. Tg. Prov 28:20 interprets this to say he hastens through deceit and wrongdoing.