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New International Version
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.
New Living Translation
If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD— and he will repay you!
English Standard Version
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.
Berean Study Bible
Kindness to the poor is a loan to the LORD, and He will repay the lender.
King James Bible
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
New King James Version
He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given.
New American Standard Bible
One who is gracious to a poor person lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.
He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.
He who is gracious and lends a hand to the poor lends to the LORD, And the LORD will repay him for his good deed.
Christian Standard Bible
Kindness to the poor is a loan to the LORD, and he will give a reward to the lender.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Kindness to the poor is a loan to the LORD, and He will give a reward to the lender.
American Standard Version
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto Jehovah, And his good deed will he pay him again.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that follows LORD JEHOVAH shows mercy upon the poor and he is rewarded according to his works.
Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that has pity on the poor lends to the Lord; and he will recompense to him according to his gift.
Contemporary English Version
Caring for the poor is lending to the LORD, and you will be well repaid.
He that hath mercy on the poor, lendeth to the Lord: and he will repay him.
Good News Translation
When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the LORD, and the LORD will pay you back.
International Standard Version
Whoever is kind to the poor is lending to the LORD— the benefit of his gift will return to him in abundance.
JPS Tanakh 1917
He that is gracious unto the poor lendeth unto the LORD; And his good deed will He repay unto him.
Literal Standard Version
Whoever is lending [to] YHWH is favoring the poor, And He repays his deed to him.
New American Bible
Whoever cares for the poor lends to the LORD, who will pay back the sum in full.
The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the LORD, and the LORD will repay him for his good deed.
New Revised Standard Version
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and will be repaid in full.
New Heart English Bible
He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; he will reward him.
World English Bible
He who has pity on the poor lends to Yahweh; he will reward him.
Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is lending to Jehovah is favouring the poor, And his deed He repayeth to him.
Additional Translations ...
ContextThe Man of Integrity
…16He who keeps a commandment preserves his soul, but he who is careless in his ways will die. 17Kindness to the poor is a loan to the LORD, and He will repay the lender. 18Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be party to his death.…
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward."
And the King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.'
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
For God is not unjust. He will not forget your work and the love you have shown for His name as you have ministered to the saints and continue to do so.
If there is a poor man among your brothers within any of the gates in the land that the LORD your God is giving you, then you are not to harden your heart or shut your hand from your poor brother.
Instead, you are to open your hand to him and freely loan him whatever he needs.
Treasury of Scripture
He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he has given will he pay him again.
Proverbs 14:21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Proverbs 28:8,27 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor…
2 Samuel 12:6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
Proverbs 11:24,25 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty…
Proverbs 28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
Deuteronomy 15:7-14 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: …
that which he hath given
Lendeth unto the Lord.--Who "for our sakes became poor, that we through his poverty might be rich" (2Corinthians 8:9), and Who regards all done to one of his poor brethren as done unto Himself (Matthew 25:40).Verse 17. - He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord. English Church people are familiar with this distich, as being one of the sentences of Scripture read at the Offertory. The word for "poor" is here dal, "feeble" (see on vers. 1 and 4). It is a beautiful thought that by showing mercy and pity we are, as it were, making God our debtor; and the truth is wonderfully advanced by Christ, who pronounces (Matthew 25:40), "Inasmuch as ye have done it mite one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (see on Proverbs 11:24; 28:27). St. Chrysostom ('Hom.,' 15, on 1 Corinthians 5), "To the more imperfect this is what we may say, Give of what you have unto the needy. Increase your substance. For, saith he, 'He that giveth unto the poor lendeth unto God.' But if you are in a hurry, and wait not for the time of retribution, think of those who lend money to men; for not even these desire to get their interest immediately; but they are anxious that the principal should remain a good long while in the hands of the borrower, provided only the repayment be secure, and they have no mistrust of the borrower. Let this be done, then, in the present case also. Leave them with God, that he may pay thee thy wages manifold. Seek not to have the whole here; for if you recover it all here, how will you receive it back there? And it is on this account that God stores them up there, inasmuch as this present life is full of decay. But he gives even here also; for, 'Seek ye,' saith he, 'the kingdom of heaven, and all these things shall be added unto you.' Well, then, let us look towards that kingdom, and not be in a hurry for the repayment of the whole, lest we diminish our recompense. But let us wait for the fit season. For the interest in these cases is not of that kind, but is such as is meet to be given by God. This, then, having collected together in great abundance, so let us depart hence, that we may obtain beth the present and the future blessings" (Oxford transl.). That which he hath given will he pay him again; Vicissitudinem suam reddet ei, Vulgate, "According to his gift will he recompense him." גִּמוּל (gemul), "good deed" (Proverbs 12:14, where it is rendered "recompense"). Ecclus. 32(35):10, etc., "Give unto the Most High according as he hath enriched thee; and as thou hast gotten give with a cheerful eye. For the Lord recompenseth, and will give thee seven times as much." There are proverbs rife in other lands to the same effect. The Turk says, "What you give in charity in this world you take with you after death. Do good, and throw it into the sea if the fish does not know it, God does." And the Russian, "Throw bread and salt behind you, you get them before you" (Lane).
Parallel Commentaries ...
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 2603: To bend, stoop in kindness to an inferior, to favor, bestow, to implore
to the poor
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1800: Dangling, weak, thin
is a loan
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3867: To twine, to unite, to remain, to borrow, to lend
to the LORD,
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel
and He will repay
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7999: To be safe, to be, completed, to be friendly, to reciprocate
Preposition | third person masculine singular
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