New American Standard Bible
Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;
King James Bible
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
Darby Bible Translation
Rob not the poor, because he is poor, neither oppress the afflicted in the gate;
World English Bible
Don't exploit the poor, because he is poor; and don't crush the needy in court;
Young's Literal Translation
Rob not the poor because he is poor, And bruise not the afflicted in the gate.
Proverbs 22:22 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
i. e., "Do not be tempted by the helplessness of the poor man to do him wrong:" some prefer, "Refrain from doing him wrong through pity for his helplessness."
The gate - The place where the rulers of the city sit in judgment. The words point to the special form of oppression of which unjust judges are the instruments.
LibraryThe Formation of Habits.
School Sermon. Proverbs xxii. 6. "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." INTRODUCTION.--There is a district, high up in the Black Forest, where the ground is full of springs. It is a plain some nine hundred feet above the sea. Thousands upon thousands of little springs gush out of the soil; you seem to be on the rose of a vast watering-can. Now, from this great source flow a good many rivers, and they flow in very different, nay, opposite directions. …
S. Baring-Gould—The Village Pulpit, Volume II. Trinity to Advent
He Accuses Abaelard for Preferring his Own Opinions and Even Fancies to the Unanimous Consent of the Fathers, Especially Where He Declares that Christ did Not
"You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother in his dispute.
'So you shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the LORD your God.
"He shall live with you in your midst, in the place which he shall choose in one of your towns where it pleases him; you shall not mistreat him.
"If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.'
"Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me," says the LORD of hosts.
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