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Proverbs 13:25

ESV The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
NIV The righteous eat to their hearts' content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.
NASB The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, But the stomach of the wicked is in need.
CSB A righteous person eats until he is satisfied, but the stomach of the wicked is empty.
NLT The godly eat to their hearts’ content, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.
KJV The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

What does Proverbs 13:25 mean?

Godly people may not eat as scrumptiously as some wicked people, but what they eat satisfies their appetite. The wicked may eat fine food, but they are not satisfied; they always want something more. The real meaning of this proverb goes beyond food. This idea of contentment is crucial to one's happiness in life, and it applies in all circumstances (1 Timothy 6:6). Jesus said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). It takes more than food to satisfy an individual. If he feasts on God's Word, he finds true satisfaction. He is at peace with God, and he has the satisfaction of knowing his life pleases God (Matthew 6:20).

The wicked reject the Word of God and the God of the Word (Proverbs 1:7; Psalm 10:4), therefore they do not experience either peace with God or the peace of God. They are always craving something that might satisfy their soul, but they cannot obtain it (Ecclesiastes 5:10; Hebrews 13:5). The wicked resemble the prodigal who longed to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything (Luke 15:16). They hope something—anything—from the evil world system will satisfy their hunger, but their hope is vain.
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