New Living Translation
The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults.
King James Bible
The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
Darby Bible Translation
He that is poor speaketh with supplications, but the rich answereth roughly.
World English Bible
The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.
Young's Literal Translation
With supplications doth the poor speak, And the rich answereth fierce things.
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LibraryA Faithful Friend
Friendship, however, though very pleasing and exceedingly blessed, has been the cause of the greatest misery to men when it has been unworthy and unfaithful; for just in proportion as a good friend is sweet, a false friend is full of bitterness. "A faithless friend is sharper than an adder's tooth." It is sweet to repose in some one; but O! how bitter to have that support snapped, and to receive a grievous fall as the effect of your confidence. Fidelity is an absolute necessary in a true friend; …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857
Would that I were More Closely Bound
Epistle cxv. To Syagrius, Bishop of Augustodunum (Autun).
Have Read the Letter which You in Your Wisdom have Written Me. You Inveigh against Me
If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, "You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor"--well,
But you dishonor the poor! Isn't it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court?
1 Kings 12:13
But Rehoboam spoke harshly to the people, for he rejected the advice of the older counselors
2 Chronicles 10:13
But Rehoboam spoke harshly to them, for he rejected the advice of the older counselors
The relatives of the poor despise them; how much more will their friends avoid them! Though the poor plead with them, their friends are gone.
Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.
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