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.
New American Standard Bible
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.
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.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Kindness to the poor is a loan to the LORD, and He will give a reward to the lender.
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.
The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the LORD, and the LORD will repay him for his good deed.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that follows Lord Jehovah shows mercy upon the poor and he is rewarded according to his works.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his good deed.
Jubilee Bible 2000
He that gives unto the poor lends unto the LORD, and he will give him his reward.
King James 2000 Bible
He that has pity upon the poor lends unto the LORD; and that which he has given will he pay him again.
American King James Version
He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he has given will he pay him again.
American Standard Version
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto Jehovah, And his good deed will he pay him again.
He that hath mercy on the poor, lendeth to the Lord: and he will repay him.
Darby Bible Translation
He that is gracious to the poor lendeth unto Jehovah; and what he hath bestowed will he repay unto him.
English Revised Version
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD, and his good deed will he pay him again.
Webster's Bible Translation
He that hath pity upon the poor, lendeth to the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
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.
Parallel CommentariesMatthew Henry's Concise Commentary
19:14. A discreet and virtuous wife is more valuable than house and riches. 15. A sluggish, slothful disposition makes men poor; it brings them to want. And this applies both to the present life and that which is to come. 16. If we keep God's word, God's word will keep us from every thing really hurtful. We abuse the doctrine of free grace, if we think that it does away the necessity and advantage of obedience. Those that live at random must die. This truth is clearly taught in words enough to alarm the stoutest sinner. 17. God has chosen the poor of this world, to be rich in faith, and heirs of his kingdom. 18. When parents keep under foolish tenderness, they do their best to render children a comfort to them, and happy in themselves.
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).
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
He that hath pity unto the poor lendeth unto the Lord,.... A man, whose heart is full of compassion to the poor, and whose hands distribute to their necessities, from a true principle of love and charity to men, and with a view to the glory of God, and not from any selfish principle and with a end; such a man's gift to the poor is a loan to the Lord; it is not cast away upon the creature, but is a "depositum" in the hands of God, and shall be returned with advantage;
and that which he hath given will, he pay him again; either in this life, in things temporal and spiritual, increasing his worldly substance, blessing his posterity, granting him larger measures of grace, indulging him with his gracious presence, and giving him peace of mind, which passeth all understanding; or in the world to come; not as a reward of debt, but of grace; see Ecclesiastes 11:1.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
17. (Compare Pr 14:21; Ps 37:26).
hath pity—shown by acts (compare Margin).
Proverbs 19:17 Additional Commentaries
Better is the Poor Man with Integrity
…16He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of conduct will die. 17One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed. 18Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death.…
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward."
"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.'
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 to you."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them.
Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need.
When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.
From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.
It is a sin to despise one's neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.
Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return.
Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.
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