Proverbs 22:22
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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,

New Heart English Bible
Do not exploit the poor, 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.
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.

5. FIRST APPENDIX TO THE "PROVERBS OF SOLOMON" (Proverbs 10:1 to Proverbs 22:16), CONTAINING PROVERBS OF DIFFERENT LENGTHS, FROM THE DISTICH TO THE LENGTHENED DIDACTIC POEM (Proverbs 22:22 to Proverbs 24:22).

(22) Neither oppress the afflicted in the gate.--The place of business (Genesis 34:20) and of judgment (Deuteronomy 21:19; Amos 5:15). (Comp. the title, "the Sublime Porte.") This, with the following Proverbs 22:23, forms a tetrastich or verse of four lines, as do also Proverbs 22:24-25.

Verse 22-ch. 24:22. - Here commence the "words of the wise." Verse 22. - This and the following verse form a terrastich, which connects itself in thought with ver. 16. Rob not the poor, because he is poor. The word for "poor" is here dal, which means "feeble," "powerless" (see on Proverbs 19:4), and the writer enjoins the disciple not to be induced by his weakness to injure and despoil a poor man. Neither oppress the afflicted in the gate. The gate is the place of judgment, the court of justice (comp. Job 31:21). The warning points to the particular form of wrong inflicted on the lowly by unjust judges, who could give sentences from which, however iniquitous, there was practically no appeal. Rob not the poor, because he is poor,.... And cannot help himself; cannot go to law with him that has injured him, and defend his own cause; which the other knowing, is the more emboldened to spoil and defraud him, which is an aggravation of his sin: or, "for he is poor" (g); to rob any man is an evil and an injurious thing; but to rob the poor is cruel and barbarous; rather something should be given them, and not anything taken from them: or, "though he is poor" (h); let not that be an inducement to injure him, but the contrary;

neither oppress the afflicted in the gate; or "the poor" (i); the same as before, only a different word used: when he comes into a court of judicature, which was usually held in the gates of a city, Ruth 4:1; and applies for redress of any grievance, do not crush him in the gate, or oppress him in judgment; nor wrest his cause, and do him wrong; but let him have justice done him, though poor. Some understand this of using the poor ill, when they come to their gates to beg; which sense is favoured by the Septuagint version; but the former is best. One might have expected, after such a preface or introduction as in the preceding verses, that something of more importance, something more spiritual and evangelical, would have followed: this shows the great regard the Lord has to the poor, and how much they are on his mind, and how near they lie to his heart; especially the poor of the flock, worried and spoiled by antichrist; see Zechariah 11:7.

(g) "nam tenuis est", so some in Mercerus. (h) "Etsi"; so some in Mercerus; "quamvis", Lutherus. (i) "inopem", Schtultens, so Cocceius; "pauperem", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. 22, 23. Here follow ten precepts of two verses each. Though men fail to defend the poor, God will (Pr 17:5; Ps 12:5).

in the gate—place of public gathering (Job 5:4; Ps 69:12).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.
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