Proverbs 22:22
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,

New Living Translation
Don't rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court.

English Standard Version
Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate,

New American Standard Bible
Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;

King James Bible
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't rob a poor man because he is poor, and don't crush the oppressed at the gate,

International Standard Version
Don't rob the poor person because he is poor, and don't crush the helpless in court,

NET Bible
Do not exploit a poor person because he is poor and do not crush the needy in court,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not oppress the poor because he is poor and do not humiliate the afflicted one in the gate.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not rob the poor because they are poor or trample on the rights of an oppressed person at the city gate,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Rob not the weak, because he is weak, Neither crush the poor in the gate;

New American Standard 1977
Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
            Or crush the afflicted at the gate;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither destroy the destitute in judgment:

King James 2000 Bible
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

American King James Version
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

American Standard Version
Rob not the poor, because he is poor; Neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Do no violence to the poor, because he is poor: and do not oppress the needy in the gate:

Darby Bible Translation
Rob not the poor, because he is poor, neither oppress the afflicted in the gate;

English Revised Version
Rob not the poor, because he is poor, neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Webster's Bible Translation
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

World English Bible
Don't exploit the poor, because he is poor; and don't crush the needy in court;

Young's Literal Translation
Rob not the poor because he is poor, And bruise not the afflicted in the gate.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
22:17-21. To these words, to this knowledge, the ear must be bowed down, and the heart applied by faith and love. To live a life of delight in God and dependence on him, is the foundation of all practical religion. The way to know the certainty of the word of truth, is to make conscience of our duty. 22,23. He that robs and oppresses the poor, does so at his peril. And if men will not appear for them, God will. 24,25. Our corrupt hearts have so much tinder in them, that it is dangerous to have to do with those that throw about the sparks of their passion.
Study Bible
A Good Name More Desirable than Riches
21To make you know the certainty of the words of truth That you may correctly answer him who sent you? 22Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate; 23For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:6
"You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother in his dispute.

Leviticus 25:17
'So you shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 23:16
"He shall live with you in your midst, in the place which he shall choose in one of your towns where it pleases him; you shall not mistreat him.

Job 31:16
"If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

Proverbs 22:16
He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Zechariah 7:10
and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.'

Malachi 3:5
"Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me," says the LORD of hosts.
Treasury of Scripture

Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

rob

Proverbs 23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:

Ezekiel 22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, …

oppress

Proverbs 21:16 The man that wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain …

Exodus 23:6 You shall not wrest the judgment of your poor in his cause.

Job 29:12-16 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and …

Job 31:16,21 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the …

Zechariah 7:10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor…

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness …

in the gate that is in the court of justice, which as we have already seen was held at the gates of cities in the east.

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