Proverbs 28:20

ESV A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
NIV A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.
NASB A faithful person will abound with blessings, But one who hurries to be rich will not go unpunished.
CSB A faithful person will have many blessings, but one in a hurry to get rich will not go unpunished.
NLT The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.
KJV A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

What does Proverbs 28:20 mean?

Solomon (Proverbs 25:1) indicates that there are many advantages to being "faithful." The Hebrew root word 'emuwnah implies someone consistent, loyal, dependable, and secure. In this context, it means someone who diligently follows God's Word and His will, rather than chasing material wealth through immoral means (Proverbs 19:1; 22:1, 16; 28:6). Material poverty, when accompanied by godliness, is much better than material wealth accompanied by reckless or sinful living (Proverbs 11:6; 13:11). Moral integrity makes a person less liable to suffer legal or social consequences. Breaking laws or violating morals to get rich is far more likely to get a person in trouble. If the law does not apprehend and punish them, the Lord will surely punish them (Proverbs 11:4).

First Corinthians 4:2 notes that "it is required of stewards that they be found faithful." As stewards of Christ, we should be faithful to use everything the Lord has placed in our trust: money, possessions, talents, time, our bodies, and spiritual gifts. Faithfulness in these matters will be rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ (1 Corinthians 3:13–14; 2 Corinthians 5:9–10).
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