Proverbs 13:7
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New International Version
One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

New Living Translation
Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor.

English Standard Version
One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

New American Standard Bible
There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.

King James Bible
There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One man pretends to be rich but has nothing; another pretends to be poor but has great wealth.

International Standard Version
One person pretends to be wealthy, but has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet is rich.

NET Bible
There is one who pretends to be rich and yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor and yet possesses great wealth.

New Heart English Bible
There are some who pretend to be rich, yet have nothing. There are some who pretend to be poor, yet have great wealth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
There are those who enrich themselves and have nothing, and there is one who makes himself poor and possesses an abundance.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
One person pretends to be rich but has nothing. Another pretends to be poor but has great wealth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
There is that pretendeth himself rich, yet hath nothing; There is that pretendeth himself poor, yet hath great wealth.

New American Standard 1977
There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing;
            Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There are those that make themselves rich, yet have nothing: there are those that make themselves poor, yet have great riches.

King James 2000 Bible
There is one that makes himself rich, yet has nothing: there is one that makes himself poor, yet has great riches.

American King James Version
There is that makes himself rich, yet has nothing: there is that makes himself poor, yet has great riches.

American Standard Version
There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: There is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great wealth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
One is as it were rich, when he hath nothing: and another is as it were poor, when he hath great riches.

Darby Bible Translation
There is that feigneth himself rich, and hath nothing; there is that maketh himself poor, and hath great wealth.

English Revised Version
There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great wealth.

Webster's Bible Translation
There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

World English Bible
There are some who pretend to be rich, yet have nothing. There are some who pretend to be poor, yet have great wealth.

Young's Literal Translation
There is who is making himself rich, and hath nothing, Who is making himself poor, and wealth is abundant.
Study Bible
A Wise Son Heeds his Father's Instruction
6Righteousness guards the one whose way is blameless, But wickedness subverts the sinner. 7There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth. 8The ransom of a man's life is his wealth, But the poor hears no rebuke.…
Cross References
Luke 12:20
But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?'

Luke 12:21
This is how it will be for anyone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God."

Luke 12:33
Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide yourselves with purses that will not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.

2 Corinthians 6:10
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

James 2:5
Listen, my beloved brothers: Has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love Him?

Proverbs 11:24
There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.

Proverbs 13:8
The ransom of a man's life is his wealth, But the poor hears no rebuke.
Treasury of Scripture

There is that makes himself rich, yet has nothing: there is that makes himself poor, yet has great riches.

is that maketh himself rich

Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers …

Proverbs 12:9 He that is despised, and has a servant, is better than he that honors …

Luke 18:11-14 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, …

1 Corinthians 4:8 Now you are full, now you are rich, you have reigned as kings without …

2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants …

Revelation 3:17 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need …

that maketh himself poor

Ecclesiastes 11:1,2 Cast your bread on the waters: for you shall find it after many days…

1 Corinthians 4:10,11 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are …

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency …

Revelation 2:9 I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) …

(7) There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing.--Comp. Luke 12:21, and the advice given in Revelation 3:17.

There is that maketh himself poor.--Comp. Luke 12:33.

Verse 7. - There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing. "Maketh" may mean "feigns." There are some who pretend to be rich while really they are poor (as Proverbs 12:9), and there are some who make themselves, i.e. pretend to be poor (as misers) while they have much wealth. The Vulgate elucidates this meaning by rendering, quasi dives and quasi pauper; and the Hebrew verbs confirm its correctness. The proverb in both members teaches one not to trust to appearances. Septuagint, "There are who enrich themselves, having nothing; and there are who humble themselves amid much wealth." It is obvious that such a version lends itself to a Christian interpretation. The first clause reminds one of the rich fool who laid up treasure for himself, and was not rich toward God (Luke 12:21; comp. Revelation 3:17, 18). The second clause teaches that wealth expended in God's service makes a man rich in the treasury of heaven (Luke 12:21, 33). One who thus uses the means entrusted to him could be spoken of like St. Paul, "as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things" (2 Corinthians 6:10). There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing,.... Some persons make a great show of riches, and would be thought to be rich; put on fine clothes, live at a high rate, and appear in great pomp, and yet not worth a farthing; which they do to gratify their pride and ambition, and to draw in others to trust them with their substance. So in spirituals; some persons, as hypocrites, would be thought to be rich in grace, and to be possessed of all the graces of the Spirit, faith, hope, and love; and yet have nothing of true grace, only what is counterfeit; the root of the matter is not in them; no principle of life and grace, only a name to live; nothing of the power, only the form, of godliness; no oil of grace in the vessels of their hearts, only the lamp of an outward profession: some, as the Pharisees, would be thought to be rich in good works, when they have no good thing in them, and do nothing that is spiritually good; either what they do is not done according to the revealed will of God, as many things done by the Pharisees formerly, and by the Papists now, or they do not flow from love; nor i are they done in faith, nor in the name and strength of Christ, nor to the glory of God by him: some, as the same persons, would be thought to be rich in righteousness, when they have no true righteousness at all; not the righteousness of the law, which requires perfection of obedience; not the righteousness of faith, which is the righteousness of another; the righteousness of God is imputed, and is without the works of men; they have no righteousness that can justify them, or save them, or bring them to heaven: some, as the Arminians, would be thought to be rich in spiritual strength, and in the power of their free will, when they have neither will nor power to do anything spiritually good; neither to regenerate and convert themselves, nor to come to Christ, nor to do any good work: some, as the Perfectionists, would be thought to be so rich as to be free from sin, and perfect in grace, when they have none at all, as says the apostle, 1 John 1:8; their picture is drawn in Ephraim, and their language spoke by him, Hosea 12:8. The apostate church of Rome would be thought rich with the merits of saints, and works of supererogation, when she has no merit at all; nor is it possible for a creature to, merit anything at the hands of God; compare with all this Revelation 3:17;

there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches; there are some, on the other hand, who greatly degrade themselves; live in a very mean way, as though they were very poor; either through covetousness, or because they would not draw upon them the envy of their neighbours, or encourage their friends to borrow of them, or invite thieves to steal from them, or for some low end or another: the pope of Rome sometimes affects to seem poor, though at other times, and in other respects, he would be thought rich; at the Lateran procession the newly elected pope scatters pieces of brass money among the people, saying, as Peter, whose successor he pretends to be, did, "Silver and gold have I none", Acts 3:6; yet comes into great riches. These words may be applied spiritually, in a good sense; there are some who are sensible of their spiritual poverty, and own it; they ingenuously express the sense they have of their own nothingness and unworthiness; they declare they have nothing, and can do nothing; they renounce all their own works in the business of salvation, and ascribe it wholly to the grace of God; they have very mean thoughts, and speak very meanly of themselves, as less than the least of saints, and the chief of sinners: yea, some carry the matter too far in the expressions of their poverty; will not be persuaded that they have the true riches of grace, at least will not own it; but give way to their doubts and fears about it, when they are possessed of much; to whom some think these words are applicable. However, they are to such who are "poor in spirit", Matthew 5:3, as before described; who have, notwithstanding, "great riches", the riches of justifying grace, the riches of Christ's righteousness: the riches of pardoning grace, a large share thereof, much being forgiven them; the riches of sanctifying grace, faith, more precious than that of gold that perisheth, with all other graces; the riches of spiritual knowledge, preferable to gold and silver: they have Christ, and all things along with him; they have God to be their portion, and exceeding great reward; they have a large estate, an incorruptible inheritance, in heaven; they have a better and a more enduring substance there; "theirs is the kingdom of heaven", Matthew 5:3; it is prepared for them, and given to them; compare with this 2 Corinthians 6:10. 7. In opposite ways men act hypocritically for gain of honor or wealth.13:6. An honest desire to do right, preserves a man from fatal mistakes, better than a thousand fine-drawn distinctions. 7. Some who are really poor, trade and spend as if they were rich: this is sin, and will be shame, and it will end accordingly. Some that are really rich, would be thought to be poor: in this there is want of gratitude to God, want of justice and charity to others. There are many hypocrites, empty of grace, who will not be convinced of their poverty. There are many fearing Christians, who are spiritually rich, yet think themselves poor; by their doubts, and complaints, and griefs, they make themselves poor. 8. Great riches often tempt to violence against those that possess them; but the poor are free from such perils. 9. The light of the righteous is as that of the sun, which may be eclipsed and clouded, but will continue: the Spirit is their Light, he gives a fulness of joy: that of the wicked is as a lamp of their own kindling, easily put out. 10. All contentions, whether between private persons, families, churches, or nations, are begun and carried forward by pride. Disputes would be easily prevented or ended, if it were not for pride. 11. Wealth gotten by dishonesty or vice, has a secret curse, which will speedily waste it. 12. The delay of what is anxiously hoped for, is very painful to the mind; obtaining it is very pleasant. But spiritual blessings are chiefly intended.
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