Proverbs 14:31
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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
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Clarke'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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that oppresseth

Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 22:2,16,22,23 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all...

Job 31:13-16 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me...

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

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter...

Matthew 25:40-46 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers...

but

Proverbs 14:21 He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he has given will he pay him again.

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers...

John 12:8 For the poor always you have with you; but me you have not always.

2 Corinthians 8:7-9 Therefore, as you abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us...

1 John 3:17-21 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him...

1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.

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A Startling Statement
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
'Fools make a mock at sin; but among the righteous there is favour.'--Proverbs xiv, 9. The wisdom of this Book of Proverbs is not simply intellectual, but it has its roots in reverence and obedience to God, and for its accompaniment, righteousness. The wise man is the good man, and the good man is the godly man. And as is wisdom, so its opposite, folly, is not only intellectual feebleness--the bad man is a fool, and the godless is a bad man. The greatest amount of brain-power cultivated to the highest
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Epistle xxx. To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria.
To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria. Gregory to Eulogius, &c. Our common son, the bearer of these presents, when he brought the letters of your Holiness found me sick, and has left me sick; whence it has ensued that the scanty water of my brief epistle has been hardly able to exude to the large fountain of your Blessedness. But it was a heavenly boon that, while in a state of bodily pain, I received the letter of your Holiness to lift me up with joy for the instruction of the heretics of the city
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

The Intercession of Christ
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us! T he Redemption of the soul is precious. Fools make mock of sin (Proverbs 14:9) . But they will not think lightly of it, who duly consider the majesty, authority, and goodness of Him, against whom it is committed; and who are taught, by what God actually has done, what sin rendered necessary to be done, before a sinner could have a well-grounded
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 2

Cross References
Matthew 25:40
"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?

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

Deuteronomy 24:14
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.

Job 24:4
They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.

Job 31:15
Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

Proverbs 17:5
Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

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