Proverbs 14:21
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New International Version
It is a sin to despise one's neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.

New Living Translation
It is a sin to belittle one's neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor.

English Standard Version
Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

New American Standard Bible
He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.

King James Bible
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.

International Standard Version
Whoever despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.

NET Bible
The one who despises his neighbor sins, but whoever is kind to the needy is blessed.

New Heart English Bible
He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who shows kindness to the poor.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that despises his neighbor sins, and he that shows mercy upon the poor is blessed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is the one who is kind to humble people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth; But he that is gracious unto the humble, happy is he.

New American Standard 1977
He who despises his neighbor sins,
            But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The sinner despises his neighbour, but he that has mercy on the poor is blessed.

King James 2000 Bible
He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the poor, happy is he.

American King James Version
He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the poor, happy is he.

American Standard Version
He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth; But he that hath pity on the poor, happy is he.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that despiseth his neighbour, sinneth: but he that sheweth mercy to the poor, shall be blessed. He that believeth in the Lord, loveth mercy.

Darby Bible Translation
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth; but he that is gracious to the afflicted, happy is he.

English Revised Version
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath pity on the poor, happy is he.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

World English Bible
He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who has pity on the poor.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is despising his neighbour sinneth, Whoso is favouring the humble, O his happiness.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
14:18. Sin is the shame of sinners; but wisdom is the honour of the wise. 19. Even bad men acknowledge the excellency of God's people. 20. Friendship in the world is governed by self-interest. It is good to have God our Friend; he will not desert us. 21. To despise a man for his employment or appearance is a sin. 22. How wisely those consult their own interest, who not only do good, but devise it! 23. Labour of the head, or of the hand, will turn to some good account. But if men's religion runs all out in talk and noise, they will come to nothing. 24. The riches of men of wisdom and piety enlarge their usefulness. 25. An upright man will venture the displeasure of the greatest, to bring truth to light. 26,27. Those who fear the Lord so as to obey and serve him, have a strong ground of confidence, and will be preserved. Let us seek to this Fountain of life, that we may escape the snares of death. 28. Let all that wish well to the kingdom of Christ, do what they can, that many may be added to his church. 29. A mild, patient man is one that learns of Christ, who is Wisdom itself. Unbridled passion is folly made known. 30. An upright, contented, and benevolent mind, tends to health. 31. To oppress the poor is to reproach our Creator. 32. The wicked man has his soul forced from him; he dies in his sins, under the guilt and power of them. But godly men, though they have pain and some dread of death, have the blessed hope, which God, who cannot lie, has given them. 33. Wisdom possesses the heart, and thus regulates the affections and tempers. 34. Piety and holiness always promote industry, sobriety, and honesty. 35. The great King who reigns over heaven and earth, will reward faithful servants who honour his gospel by the proper discharge of the duties of their stations: he despises not the services of the lowest.
Study Bible
Every Wise Woman Builds Her House
20The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many. 21He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor. 22Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.…
Cross References
Psalm 41:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble.

Proverbs 11:12
He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent.

Proverbs 19:17
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.

Proverbs 21:10
The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.

Proverbs 28:8
He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.
Treasury of Scripture

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

that despiseth

Proverbs 11:12 He that is void of wisdom despises his neighbor: but a man of understanding …

Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: and he that is glad …

Proverbs 18:3 When the wicked comes, then comes also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

Job 31:13-15 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, …

Job 35:5,6 Look to the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than you…

Psalm 22:24 For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; …

Luke 18:9 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves …

James 2:5,6,14-16 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

he that hath

Proverbs 14:31 He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker: but he that honors …

Proverbs 11:24,25 There is that scatters, and yet increases; and there is that withholds …

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he …

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your …

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

Luke 6:30-36 Give to every man that asks of you; and of him that takes away your …

Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support …

Hebrews 6:12 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith …

1 John 3:17-22 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, …

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