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.
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.
Proverbs 17:5 Parallel
CommentaryKeil 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)
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
"If I have rejoiced at the ruin of him who hated me, or exulted when evil overtook him
Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
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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