4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. 5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

Other Translations of Proverbs 23:4-5

King James Version

4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. 5 Wilt thou set set...: Heb. cause thine eyes to fly upon thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

English Standard Version

4 Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. 5 When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.

The Message

4 Don't wear yourself out trying to get rich; restrain yourself 5 Riches disappear in the blink of an eye; wealth sprouts wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder.

New King James Version

4 Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease 5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.

New Living Translation

4 Don't wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. 5 In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 23:4-5

Commentary on Proverbs 23:4-5

(Read Proverbs 23:4-5)

Be not of those that will be rich. The things of this world are not happiness and a portion for a soul; those that hold them ever so fast, cannot hold them always, cannot hold them long.