Proverbs 22:16
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New International Version
One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.

King James Bible
He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

Darby Bible Translation
He that oppresseth the poor, it is to enrich him; he that giveth to the rich, [bringeth] only to want.

World English Bible
Whoever oppresses the poor for his own increase and whoever gives to the rich, both come to poverty.

Young's Literal Translation
He is oppressing the poor to multiply to him, He is giving to the rich -- only to want.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He that oppresseth the poor - He who, in order to obtain the favor of the rich and great, either robs or cheats the poor, to make those men presents; or gives in presents to them, for the sake of honor and reputation, what he should have given to the poor, shall surely come to want.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that oppresseth

Proverbs 22:22,23 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate...

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

Proverbs 28:3 A poor man that oppresses the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaves no food.

Job 20:19 Because he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor; because he has violently taken away an house which he built not;

Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, said the LORD...

Micah 2:2,3 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house...

Zechariah 7:9-14 Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother...

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.

James 5:1-5 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you...

he that giveth

Luke 6:33-35 And if you do good to them which do good to you, what thank have you? for sinners also do even the same...

Luke 14:12-14 Then said he also to him that bade him, When you make a dinner or a supper, call not your friends, nor your brothers...

Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water...

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The Rich and the Poor
Chapel Royal, Whitehall, 1871. Proverbs xxii. 2. "The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all." I have been asked to preach here this afternoon on behalf of the Parochial Mission Women's Fund. I may best describe the object for which I plead, as an attempt to civilise and Christianise the women of the lower classes in the poorer districts of London and other great towns, by means of women of their own class--women, who have gone through the same struggles as they have,
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

The Christian Business World
Scripture references: Proverbs 22:29; Romans 12:11; Psalms 24:1; 50:10-12; Haggai 2:8; Psalm 49:6,10,16,17; 62:10; Matthew 13:22; Mark 10:23,24; Job 31:24-26; Proverbs 3:9; Matthew 25:14-30; 24:45-51; 6:19-21; Luke 12:16-21. THE IDEAL IN THE BUSINESS WORLD There is often a wide difference between the methods actually employed in doing business and when they should be. Good men who are in the thick of the battle of competition and rivalry with other firms in the same line of trade, are the quickest
Henry T. Sell—Studies in the Life of the Christian

Cross References
James 2:13
because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Proverbs 22:22
Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,

Proverbs 28:22
The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.

Ecclesiastes 5:8
If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still.

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