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Proverbs 13:11

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Wealth gained quickly 1  will dwindle away, 2  but the one who gathers it little by little 3  will become rich. 4 

XREF

Job 15:28,29; Job 20:15,19-22; Job 27:16,17; Ps 128:2; Pr 10:2; Pr 13:22,23; Pr 20:21; Pr 27:23-27; Pr 28:8; Ec 5:14; Jer 17:11; Hab 2:6,7; Jas 5:1-5

NET © Notes

tc The MT reads מֵהֵבֶל (mehevel, “from vanity”). The Greek and Latin versions (followed by RSV) reflect מְבֹהָל (mÿvohal, “in haste”) which exhibits metathesis. MT is the more difficult reading and therefore preferred. The alternate reading fits the parallelism better, but is therefore a less difficult reading.

tn Heb “wealth from vanity” (cf. KJV, ASV). The term הֶבֶל (hevel) literally means “vapor” and figuratively refers to that which is unsubstantial, fleeting, or amount to nothing (BDB 210 s.v.). Used in antithesis with the expression “little by little,” it means either “without working for it” or “quickly.” Some English versions assume dishonest gain (cf. NASB, NIV, CEV).

tn Heb “will become small.” The verb מָעָט (maat) means “to become small; to become diminished; to become few.” Money gained without work will diminish quickly, because it was come by too easily. The verb forms a precise contrast with רָבָה (ravah), “to become much; to become many,” but in the Hiphil, “to multiply; to make much many; to cause increase.”

tn Heb “by hand”; cf. KJV, ASV, NASB “by labor.”

tn Heb “will increase.”



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