Proverbs 22:2
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New International Version
Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.

New Living Translation
The rich and poor have this in common: The LORD made them both.

English Standard Version
The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the maker of them all.

New American Standard Bible
The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all.

King James Bible
The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD made them both.

International Standard Version
The rich and the poor have this in common— the LORD created both of them.

NET Bible
The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the creator of them both.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The rich and the poor meet each other and Lord Jehovah made both of them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD is the maker of them all.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The rich and poor meet together; the LORD is the maker of them all.

King James 2000 Bible
The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

American King James Version
The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

American Standard Version
The rich and the poor meet together: Jehovah is the maker of them all.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The rich and poor have met one another: the Lord is the maker of them both.

Darby Bible Translation
The rich and poor meet together; Jehovah is the maker of them all.

English Revised Version
The rich and the poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

Webster's Bible Translation
The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

World English Bible
The rich and the poor have this in common: Yahweh is the maker of them all.

Young's Literal Translation
Rich and poor have met together, The Maker of them all is Jehovah.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:1 We should be more careful to do that by which we may get and keep a good name, than to raise or add unto a great estate. 2. Divine Providence has so ordered it, that some are rich, and others poor, but all are guilty before God; and at the throne of God's grace the poor are as welcome as the rich. 3. Faith foresees the evil coming upon sinners, and looks to Jesus Christ as the sure refuge from the storm. 4. Where the fear of God is, there will be humility. And much is to be enjoyed by it; spiritual riches, and eternal life at last. 5. The way of sin is vexatious and dangerous. But the way of duty is safe and easy. 6. Train children, not in the way they would go, that of their corrupt hearts, but in the way they should go; in which, if you love them, you would have them go. As soon as possible every child should be led to the knowledge of the Saviour. 7. This shows how important it is for every man to keep out of debt. As to the things of this life, there is a difference between the rich and the poor; but let the poor remember, it is the Lord that made the difference. 8. The power which many abuse, will soon fail them. 9. He that seeks to relieve the wants and miseries of others shall be blessed. 10. Profane scoffers and revilers disturb the peace. 11. God will be the Friend of a man in whose spirit there is no guile; this honour have all the saints. 12. God turns the counsels and designs of treacherous men to their own confusion. 13. The slothful man talks of a lion without, but considers not his real danger from the devil, that roaring lion within, and from his own slothfulness, which kills him. 14. The vile sin of licentiousness commonly besots the mind beyond recovery. 15. Sin is foolishness, it is in the heart, there is an inward inclination to sin: children bring it into the world with them; and it cleaves close to the soul. We all need to be corrected by our heavenly Father. 16. We are but stewards, and must distribute what God intrusts to our care, according to his will.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - The rich and poor meet together (Proverbs 29:13): the Lord is the Maker of them all (Job 34:19). God has ordained that there shall be rich and poor in the world, and that they should meet in the intercourse of life. These social inequalities are ordered for wise purposes; the one helps the other. The labour of the poor makes the wealth of the rich; the wealth of the rich enables him to employ and aid the poor. Their common humanity, their fatherhood in God, should make them regard one another as brethren, without distinction of rank or position: the rich should not despise the poor (Proverbs 14:31; Proverbs 17:5; Job 31:15), the poor should not envy the rich (Proverbs 3:31), but all should live in love and harmony as one great family of God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The rich and poor meet together,.... In an hostile way, as some; they rush upon one another; the rich despise the poor, and the poor envy the rich; they cannot speak well one of another, as the Arabic version; or they are dependent on one another, they cannot do without each other; as in the natural body one member cannot say to another, I have no need of thee; so, in the body politic, the rich and the poor cannot say they have no need of one another; the rich stand in need of the poor to till their land, to plough and sow, and do all other servile works for them; and the poor have need of the rich to employ them; have need of their money as their wages for their work, to support themselves and families with: or they sometimes change conditions, and so meet; the poor grow rich, and the rich become poor; the one goes uphill and the other downhill, and so meet in their passage. They meet together in all places of the earth; go where you will, there are rich and poor. The godly rich and poor meet together in one place to worship God; they meet together in a Gospel church state, enjoying the same privileges and ordinances; and will all meet the Lord, and all meet together at his judgment seat; and they will meet in heaven, and be together to all eternity, where the distinction will cease: and the wicked rich and poor meet together to commit sin; and they meet together in the grave (q), where there is no difference; and they will meet at the bar of God at the last day, and in hell, where they will be together for evermore;

the Lord is the Maker of them all: not only as men, but as rich men and poor men; God gives riches to whom he pleases, and poverty to whom he pleases; riches and poverty are according to the order of divine Providence; and he can and does change scenes at his pleasure; wherefore the rich should consider themselves as dependent on him, and not despise and crush the poor; and the poor should be content with their state, as being allotted to them by the Lord, who can alter it when he thinks fit.

(q) "Victor cum victis pariter miscebitur umbris--Lydus Delichio, non ditat Croesus ab Iro", Propert. l. 3. Eleg. 5. v. 15, 17.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. Before God all are on the same footing (Pr 14:31; 17:5).

Proverbs 22:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Good Name More Desirable than Riches
1A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold. 2The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all. 3The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.…
Cross References
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 14:31
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Proverbs 29:13
The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.
Treasury of Scripture

The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

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Proverbs 29:13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lightens both their eyes.

1 Samuel 2:7 The LORD makes poor, and makes rich: he brings low, and lifts up.

Psalm 49:1,2 Hear this, all you people; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world…

Luke 16:19,20 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine …

1 Corinthians 12:21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you: nor again …

James 2:2-5 For if there come to your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly …

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

Job 31:15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion …

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor …

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