Proverbs 28:22

ESV A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.
NIV The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.
NASB A person with an evil eye hurries after wealth And does not know that poverty will come upon him.
CSB A greedy one is in a hurry for wealth; he doesn't know that poverty will come to him.
NLT Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty.
KJV He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

What does Proverbs 28:22 mean?

Get-rich-quick schemes and dishonest business practices frequently result in disaster. The person who "chases" wealth (Proverbs 23:4; 28:20) or cheats others (Proverbs 13:11; 20:17) to get it can expect negative consequences (Proverbs 11:4; 22:16). Frauds, con artists, gamblers, and unwise investors have learned this lesson the hard way. Even if wealth is gained legitimately, but not used in a godly way, it's likely to vanish (Proverbs 11:24).

Paul told Timothy that unhealthy desire for money inspires many sins (1 Timothy 6:10). He noted that "those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction" (1 Timothy 6:9). Other proverbs caution that material wealth is worthless compared to moral integrity (Proverbs 8:11; 10:2; 15:27; 16:8, 16; 19:1).
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