Proverbs 18:23
Parallel Verses
New International Version
The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.

New Living Translation
The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults.

English Standard Version
The poor use entreaties, but the rich answer roughly.

New American Standard Bible
The poor man utters supplications, But the rich man answers roughly.

King James Bible
The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The poor man pleads, but the rich one answers roughly.

International Standard Version
The poor person pleads for mercy, but the wealthy man responds harshly.

NET Bible
A poor person makes supplications, but a rich man answers harshly.

New Heart English Bible
The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The poor man speaks humbly and the rich man speaks hard things.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A poor person is timid when begging, but a rich person is blunt when replying.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The poor useth entreaties; But the rich answereth impudently.

New American Standard 1977
The poor man utters supplications,
            But the rich man answers roughly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The poor uses intreaties, but the rich answer roughly.

King James 2000 Bible
The poor uses entreaties; but the rich answers roughly.

American King James Version
The poor uses entreaties; but the rich answers roughly.

American Standard Version
The poor useth entreaties; But the rich answereth roughly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The poor will speak with supplications, and the rich will speak roughly.

Darby Bible Translation
He that is poor speaketh with supplications, but the rich answereth roughly.

English Revised Version
The poor useth entreaties: but the rich answereth roughly.

Webster's Bible Translation
The poor useth entreaties; 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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
18:19. Great care must be taken to prevent quarrels among relations and those under obligations to each other. Wisdom and grace make it easy to forgive; but corruption makes it difficult. 20. The belly is here put for the heart, as elsewhere; and what that is filled with, our satisfaction will be accordingly, and our inward peace. 21. Many a one has caused his own death, or the death of others, by a false or injurious tongue. 22. A good wife is a great blessing to a man, and it is a token of Divine favour. 23. Poverty tells men they must not order or demand. And at the throne of God's grace we are all poor, and must use entreaties. 24. Christ Jesus never will forsake those who trust in and love him. May we be such friends to others, for our Master's sake. Having loved his own, which were in the world, he loved them unto the end; and we are his friends if we do whatever he commands us, Joh 15:14.
Study Bible
The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness
22He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the LORD. 23The poor man utters supplications, But the rich man answers roughly. 24A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.…
Cross References
James 2:3
If you lavish attention on the man in fine clothes and say, "Here is a seat of honor," but say to the poor man "You must stand," or, "Sit at my feet,"

James 2:6
But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you and drag you into court?

1 Kings 12:13
The king answered the people harshly, for he forsook the advice of the elders which they had given him,

2 Chronicles 10:13
The king answered them harshly, and King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the elders.

Proverbs 19:7
All the brothers of a poor man hate him; How much more do his friends abandon him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.

Proverbs 22:7
The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender's slave.
Treasury of Scripture

The poor uses entreaties; but the rich answers roughly.

poor

Ruth 2:7 And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers …

1 Samuel 2:36 And it shall come to pass…

2 Kings 4:1,2 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets …

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have …

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

James 1:9-11 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted…

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Genesis 42:7,30 And Joseph saw his brothers, and he knew them, but made himself strange …

Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to …

1 Samuel 25:10,17 And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and …

James 2:3 And you have respect to him that wears the gay clothing, and say …

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