New American Standard Bible
The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many.
King James Bible
The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
Darby Bible Translation
He that is poor is hated even of his own neighbour; but the rich hath many friends.
World English Bible
The poor person is shunned even by his own neighbor, but the rich person has many friends.
Young's Literal Translation
Even of his neighbour is the poor hated, And those loving the rich are many.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The maxim, jarring as it is, represents the generalization of a wide experience; but the words which follow Proverbs 14:21 show that it is not to be taken by itself. In spite of all the selfish morality of mere prudence, the hearer is warned that to despise his "neighbor" (Christians must take the word in all the width given to it by the parable of the Good Samaritan) is to sin. The fullness of blessing comes on him who sees in the poor the objects of his mercy.
LibrarySatisfied from Self
'... A good man shall be satisfied from himself.'--PROVERBS xiv. 14. At first sight this saying strikes one as somewhat unlike the ordinary Scripture tone, and savouring rather of a Stoical self-complacency; but we recall parallel sayings, such as Christ's words, 'The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water'; and the Apostle's, 'Then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone.' We further note that the text has an antithetic parallel in the preceding clause, where the picture is …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Godly Fear and Its Goodly Consequence
How the Kindly-Disposed and the Envious are to be Admonished.
A Believer's Privilege at Death
Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.
All the brothers of a poor man hate him; How much more do his friends abandon him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.
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