Proverbs 10:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 10:3, NIV: The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

Proverbs 10:3, ESV: The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

Proverbs 10:3, KJV: The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

Proverbs 10:3, NASB: The LORD will not allow the righteous to hunger, But He will reject the craving of the wicked.

Proverbs 10:3, NLT: The LORD will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked.

Proverbs 10:3, CSB: The Lord will not let the righteous go hungry, but he denies the wicked what they crave.

What does Proverbs 10:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God promises to provide for the needs of His people. Jesus taught His disciples not to be anxious about life's struggles. He pointed out that our heavenly Father feeds the birds, and He indicated that the disciples were of greater value than the birds (Matthew 6:26). He said, "Do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?'" (Matthew 6:31), and promised, "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33). The apostle Paul told the Philippian believers, "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).

The unrighteous—those who reject God and His wisdom (Proverbs 1:7)—cannot claim such promises. To the contrary, the Lord constantly frustrates their appetite for wealth and plenty. This is not to say evil people cannot be successful in the world. Rather, the wicked are never satisfied with what they have (1 Timothy 6:6–10). They crave more and more but never achieve contentment.