Proverbs 14:21
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New International Version
It is a sin to despise one's neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.

King James Bible
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Darby Bible Translation
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth; but he that is gracious to the afflicted, happy is he.

World English Bible
He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who has pity on the poor.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is despising his neighbour sinneth, Whoso is favouring the humble, O his happiness.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth - To despise a man because he has some natural blemish is unjust, cruel, and wicked. He is not the author of his own imperfections; they did not occur through his fault or folly; and if he could, he would not retain them. It is, therefore, unjust and wicked to despise him for what is not his fault, but his misfortune.

But he that hath mercy on the poor - Who reproaches no man for his poverty or scanty intellect, but divides his bread with the hungry - happy is he; the blessing of God, and of them that were ready to perish, shall come upon him.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that despiseth

Proverbs 11:12 He that is void of wisdom despises his neighbor: but a man of understanding holds his peace.

Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 18:3 When the wicked comes, then comes also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

Job 31:13-15 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me...

Job 35:5,6 Look to the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than you...

Psalm 22:24 For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither has he hid his face from him; but when he cried to him...

Luke 18:9 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

James 2:5,6,14-16 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith...

he that hath

Proverbs 14:31 He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker: but he that honors him has mercy on the poor.

Proverbs 11:24,25 There is that scatters, and yet increases; and there is that withholds more than is meet, but it tends to poverty...

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he has given will he pay him again.

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your sins by righteousness...

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father...

Luke 6:30-36 Give to every man that asks of you; and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again...

Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus...

Hebrews 6:12 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

1 John 3:17-22 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him...

A Startling Statement
TEXT: "The wicked shall not be unpunished."--Prov. 11:21. There are very many passages of Scripture which ought to be read in connection with this text; as for example, "Fools make a mock at sin" (Proverbs 14:9), for only a fool would. Better trifle with the pestilence and expose one's self to the plague than to discount the blighting effects of sin. And, again, "The soul that sinneth it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4). From this clear statement of the word of God there is no escape. Or, again, "Our
J. Wilbur Chapman—And Judas Iscariot

Sin the Mocker
'Fools make a mock at sin; but among the righteous there is favour.'--Proverbs xiv, 9. The wisdom of this Book of Proverbs is not simply intellectual, but it has its roots in reverence and obedience to God, and for its accompaniment, righteousness. The wise man is the good man, and the good man is the godly man. And as is wisdom, so its opposite, folly, is not only intellectual feebleness--the bad man is a fool, and the godless is a bad man. The greatest amount of brain-power cultivated to the highest
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Epistle xxx. To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria.
To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria. Gregory to Eulogius, &c. Our common son, the bearer of these presents, when he brought the letters of your Holiness found me sick, and has left me sick; whence it has ensued that the scanty water of my brief epistle has been hardly able to exude to the large fountain of your Blessedness. But it was a heavenly boon that, while in a state of bodily pain, I received the letter of your Holiness to lift me up with joy for the instruction of the heretics of the city
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

The Intercession of Christ
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us! T he Redemption of the soul is precious. Fools make mock of sin (Proverbs 14:9) . But they will not think lightly of it, who duly consider the majesty, authority, and goodness of Him, against whom it is committed; and who are taught, by what God actually has done, what sin rendered necessary to be done, before a sinner could have a well-grounded
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 2

Cross References
Psalm 41:1
For the director of music. A psalm of David. Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.

Proverbs 11:12
Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.

Proverbs 19:17
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

Proverbs 21:10
The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.

Proverbs 28:8
Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.

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