New American Standard Bible
The poor man utters supplications, But the rich man answers roughly.
King James Bible
The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
Darby Bible Translation
He that is poor speaketh with supplications, but the rich answereth roughly.
World English Bible
The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.
Young's Literal Translation
With supplications doth the poor speak, And the rich answereth fierce things.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Note the paradox. The poor man, of whom one might expect roughness, supplicates; the rich, well nurtured, from whom one might look for courtesy, answers harshly and brusquely.
LibraryPride and Humility
A sermon (No. 97) delivered on Sabbath Morning, August 17, 1856 by C. H. Spurgeon. "Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility."--Proverbs 18:12. Almost every event has its prophetic prelude. It is an old and common saying that "coming events cast their shadows before them;" the wise man teaches us the same lesson in the verse before us. When destruction walks through the land it casts its shadow; it is in the shape of pride. When honor visits a man's house it casts …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
Pride and Humility
Of the Character of the Unregenerate.
"Boast not Thyself of To-Morrow, for Thou Knowest not what a Day May Bring Forth. "
and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,"
But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court?
1 Kings 12:13
The king answered the people harshly, for he forsook the advice of the elders which they had given him,
2 Chronicles 10:13
The king answered them harshly, and King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the elders.
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.
The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender's slave.
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