Proverbs 15:27

ESV Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.
NIV The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.
NASB He who profits illicitly troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.
CSB The one who profits dishonestly troubles his household, but the one who hates bribes will live.
NLT Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live.
KJV He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

What does Proverbs 15:27 mean?

Solomon reflects on the tragic results of being greedy. Scripture notes that sinful choices, including greed, come with the risk of serious consequences (Proverbs 11:3; 13:13; 14:11). Those who engage in greed and other immoral attitudes also put their families at risk (Proverbs 11:29). The person inclined towards honest gain—who "hates bribes"—can avoid those drawbacks.

Joshua accused Achan of troubling Israel (Joshua 7:25). God had forbidden Israel from taking anything from the conquered city of Jericho, but Achan disobeyed. When Joshua asked Achan what he had done, Achan replied: "I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath" (Joshua 7:21). Achan's crime was such a serious breach of God's specific command that it cost him and his family members their lives (Joshua 7:24–25).
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