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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 falsehood 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.

    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' Notes 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.