New American Standard Bible
Hear this, you who trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land,
King James Bible
Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,
Darby Bible Translation
Hear this, ye that pant after the needy, even to cause to fail the poor of the land,
World English Bible
Hear this, you who desire to swallow up the needy, and cause the poor of the land to fail,
Young's Literal Translation
Hear this, ye who are swallowing up the needy, To cause to cease the poor of the land,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Here ye this, ye that swallow - Or, better in the same sense, "that pant for the needy;" as Job says, "the hireling panteth for the evening" Job 7:2. They "panted for the poor," as the wild beast for its prey; and "that to make the poor" or (better, as the Hebrew text,) "the meek" , those not poor only, but who, through poverty and affliction, are "poor in spirit" also, "to fail." The land being divided among all the inhabitants, they, in order "to lay field to field" Isaiah 5:8, had to rid themselves of the poor. They did rid themselves of them by oppression of all sorts.
LibraryJesus Raises the Widow's Son.
(at Nain in Galilee.) ^C Luke VII. 11-17. ^c 11 And it came to pass soon afterwards [many ancient authorities read on the next day], that he went into a city called Nain; and his disciples went with him, and a great multitude. [We find that Jesus had been thronged with multitudes pretty continuously since the choosing of his twelve apostles. Nain lies on the northern slope of the mountain, which the Crusaders called Little Hermon, between twenty and twenty-five miles south of Capernaum, and about …
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel
A Serious Persuasive to Such a Method of Spending Our Days as is Represented in the Former Chapter.
"They push the needy aside from the road; The poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.
Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord?
There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords And his jaw teeth like knives, To devour the afflicted from the earth And the needy from among men.
"You shall have just balances, a just ephah and a just bath.
"These who pant after the very dust of the earth on the head of the helpless Also turn aside the way of the humble; And a man and his father resort to the same girl In order to profane My holy name.
Therefore because you impose heavy rent on the poor And exact a tribute of grain from them, Though you have built houses of well-hewn stone, Yet you will not live in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine.
For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great, You who distress the righteous and accept bribes And turn aside the poor in the gate.
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