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Proverbs 13:7 | Maketh Himself Rich

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Week 47: Proverbs 13:7

There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

Scripture Memory

There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. Proverbs 13:7

There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. Proverbs 13:7

T____ i_ t___ m_____ h______ r___, y__ h___ n______: t____ i_ t___ m_____ h______ p___, y__ h___ g____ r_____. Proverbs 13:7

Bible Context

Who?

King Solomon

When?

Early in his reign, after 970 B.C.

Why?

To apply God’s wisdom to daily life.

For whom?

Israelites (The Jewish People).

Word Studies

There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. Proverbs 13:7

Maketh himself rich | עָשַׁר

ʿāšar

Pronunciation: aw-shar'

Definition:

  • To enrich oneself, pretend to be rich

Translations:

  • Rich 14x
  • Enrich 3x
  • Richer 1x

Nothing | אִין

'în

Pronunciation: ah'-yin

Definition:

  • Nothing, nought
  • To have not (of possession)

Translations:

  • except
  • faileth
  • none
  • nothing
  • nought

Maketh himself poor | רוּשׁ

rûš

Pronunciation: roosh

Definition:

  • one impoverishing himself

Translations:

  • poor 19x
  • poor man 3x
  • lack 1x
  • needy 1x

Great | רַב

raḇ

Pronunciation: rab

Definition:

  • much, many, great
  • abounding in
  • abundant, enough
  • strong
  • greater than

Translations:

  • many 190x
  • great 118x
  • much 36x
  • enough 9x

Riches | הוֹן

hôn

Pronunciation: hone

Definition:

  • wealth, riches, substance
  • price, high value

Translations:

  • rich 11x
  • substance 7x
  • wealth 5x
  • enough 2x

Paraphrase

There is that [pretends to be rich], yet hath [nought]: there is that [impoverishes himself], yet hath [abundant] [wealth, high value]. Proverbs 13:7

Bible Cross References

Proverbs 13:11

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Proverbs 11:24

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

Luke 18:11-14

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Reflections

About God

God’s definitions of poverty and wealth are not ours.

About Self

If I focus on success and increasing the wrong kinds of things in my life (money for money’s sake, for example), I can find myself poor of the things that really matter in eternity.

Questions to Ask Myself

  • Where is my focus? Am I focused on God’s economy? Or my own bank account?
  • Am I pretending to be someone other than who I am to impress other people? What does God think?
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