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

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Neither oppress the afflicted in the gate - In judgment let the poor have a fair hearing; and let him not be borne down because he is poor. The reader has often seen that courts of justice were held at the gates of cities in the East.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:

Ezekiel 22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yes...


Proverbs 21:16 The man that wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Exodus 23:6 You shall not wrest the judgment of your poor in his cause.

Job 29:12-16 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him...

Job 31:16,21 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail...

Zechariah 7:10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor...

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers...

in the gate that is in the court of justice, which as we have already seen was held at the gates of cities in the east.

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
Exodus 23:6
"Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.

Leviticus 25:17
Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God. I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 23:16
Let them live among you wherever they like and in whatever town they choose. Do not oppress them.

Job 31:16
"If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,

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

Zechariah 7:10
Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.'

Malachi 3:5
"So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me," says the LORD Almighty.

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