Proverbs 20 :17

Proverbs 20 :17 Translations

King James Version (KJV)

Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

American King James Version (AKJV)

Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

American Standard Version (ASV)

Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man; But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

Basic English Translation (BBE)

Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but after, his mouth will be full of sand.

Webster's Revision

Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

World English Bible

Fraudulent food is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth is filled with gravel.

English Revised Version (ERV)

Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

Definitions for Proverbs 20 :17

Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 20 :17

Bread of deceit is sweet - Property acquired by falsehood, speculation, etc., without labor, is pleasant to the unprincipled, slothful man; but there is a curse in it, and the issue will prove it.

Barnes's Commentary on Proverbs 20 :17

"To eat gravel" was a Hebrew Lam 3:16, and is an Arabic, phrase for getting into trouble. So "bread," got by deceit, tastes sweet at first, but ends by leaving the hunger of the soul unsatisfied. There is a pleasure in the sense of cleverness felt after a hard bargain or a successful fraud, which must be met by bidding men look on the after consequences.

Wesley's Commentary on Proverbs 20 :17

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