Proverbs 17:5
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English Standard Version
Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

King James Bible
Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

American Standard Version
Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker; And he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that despiseth the poor, reproacheth his Maker; and he that rejoiceth at another man's ruin, shall not be unpunished.

English Revised Version
Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker; and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

32 Better one slow to anger than a hero in war;

     And whoever is master of his spirit, than he who taketh a city.

Regarding ארך אפּים, vid., Proverbs 14:29, where קצר־רוּח was the parallel of the contrast. The comparison is true as regards persons, with reference to the performances expressed, and (since warlike courage and moral self-control may be united in one person) they are properly those in which the טוב determines the moral estimate. In Pirke Aboth iv. 1, the question, "Who is the hero?" is answered by, "he who overcomes his desire," with reference to this proverb, for that which is here said of the ruling over the passion of anger is true of all affections and passions.

"Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules

Passions, desires, and fears, is more a king

Which every wise and virtuous man attains."

(Note: Milton's Paradise Regained, ii.-466-8.)

On the other side, the comparison is suggested:

Break your head, not so sore;

Break your will - that is more.

(Note: "Zerbrich den Kopf dir nicht so sehr; Zerbreich den Willen - das ist mehr." - Matth. Claudius)

Proverbs 17:5 Parallel Commentaries

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mocketh

Proverbs 14:21,31 He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the poor, happy is he...

Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of your house has eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached you are fallen on me.

1 John 3:17 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him...

and

Proverbs 24:17,18 Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles...

Job 31:29 If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:

Jeremiah 17:16 As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow you: neither have I desired the woeful day; you know...

Obadiah 1:11-13,16 In the day that you stood on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces...

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Romans 16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the first fruits of Achaia to Christ.

Cross References
Job 31:29
"If I have rejoiced at the ruin of him who hated me, or exulted when evil overtook him

Proverbs 14:31
Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

Proverbs 24:17
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,

Obadiah 1:12
But do not gloat over the day of your brother in the day of his misfortune; do not rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their ruin; do not boast in the day of distress.

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