New International Version
A person's riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.
King James Bible
The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
Darby Bible Translation
The ransom of a man's life is his riches; but the indigent heareth not rebuke.
World English Bible
The ransom of a man's life is his riches, but the poor hear no threats.
Young's Literal Translation
The ransom of a man's life are his riches, And the poor hath not heard rebuke.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The ransom of a man's life - Those who have riches have often much trouble with them; as they had much trouble to get them, so they have much trouble to keep them. In despotic countries, a rich man is often accused of some capital crime, and to save his life, though he may be quite innocent, is obliged to give up his riches; but the poor, in such countries, are put to no trouble.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Tillage of the Poor
'Much food is in the tillage of the poor.'--PROVERBS xiii. 23. Palestine was a land of small peasant proprietors, and the institution of the Jubilee was intended to prevent the acquisition of large estates by any Israelite. The consequence, as intended, was a level of modest prosperity. It was 'the tillage of the poor,' the careful, diligent husbandry of the man who had only a little patch of land to look after, that filled the storehouses of the Holy Land. Hence the proverb of our text arose. It …
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One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
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The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.
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