New International Version
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
King James Bible
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
Darby Bible Translation
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker; but he that honoureth Him is gracious to the needy.
World English Bible
He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy honors him.
Young's Literal Translation
An oppressor of the poor reproacheth his Maker, And whoso is honouring Him Is favouring the needy.
Proverbs 14:31 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker - Because the poor, or comparatively poor, are, in the order of God, a part of the inhabitants of the earth; and every man who loves God will show mercy to the poor, for with this God is peculiarly delighted. The poor have we ever with us, for the excitement and exercise of those benevolent, compassionate, and merciful feelings, without which men had been but little better than brutes.
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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
Epistle xxx. To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria.
The Intercession of Christ
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'
1 John 3:17
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God. I am the LORD your God.
Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns.
They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.
Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?
Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
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