Proverbs 22:23
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New International Version
for the LORD will take up their case and will exact life for life.

New Living Translation
For the LORD is their defender. He will ruin anyone who ruins them.

English Standard Version
for the LORD will plead their cause and rob of life those who rob them.

New American Standard Bible
For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.

King James Bible
For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.

International Standard Version
for the LORD will plead their case and ruin the lives of those who ruin them.

NET Bible
for the LORD will plead their case and will rob those who are robbing them.

New Heart English Bible
for the LORD will plead their case, and plunder the life of those who plunder them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because Lord Jehovah decides their judgment and the humiliation of their souls is repaid.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because the LORD will plead their case and will take the lives of those who rob them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the LORD will plead their cause, And despoil of life those that despoil them.

New American Standard 1977
For the LORD will plead their case,
            And take the life of those who rob them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the LORD will judge their cause and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

King James 2000 Bible
For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

American King James Version
For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

American Standard Version
For Jehovah will plead their cause, And despoil of life those that despoil them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because the Lord will judge his cause, and will afflict them that have afflicted his soul.

Darby Bible Translation
for Jehovah will plead their cause, and despoil the soul of those that despoil them.

English Revised Version
For the LORD will plead their cause, and despoil of life those that despoil them.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

World English Bible
for Yahweh will plead their case, and plunder the life of those who plunder them.

Young's Literal Translation
For Jehovah pleadeth their cause, And hath spoiled the soul of their spoilers.
Study Bible
A Good Name More Desirable than Riches
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. 24Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man,…
Cross References
1 Samuel 25:39
When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, "Blessed be the LORD, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal and has kept back His servant from evil. The LORD has also returned the evildoing of Nabal on his own head." Then David sent a proposal to Abigail, to take her as his wife.

Psalm 12:5
"Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set him in the safety for which he longs."

Psalm 35:10
All my bones will say, "LORD, who is like You, Who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, And the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?"

Psalm 140:12
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor.

Proverbs 23:11
For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their case against you.

Jeremiah 51:36
Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am going to plead your case And exact full vengeance for you; And I will dry up her sea And make her fountain dry.
Treasury of Scripture

For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

the lord

Proverbs 23:11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with you.

1 Samuel 24:12,15 The LORD judge between me and you, and the LORD avenge me of you: …

1 Samuel 25:39 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the …

Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now …

Psalm 35:1,10 Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against …

Psalm 43:1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O …

Psalm 68:5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in …

Psalm 140:12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and …

Jeremiah 50:34 Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name: he shall …

Jeremiah 51:36 Therefore thus said the LORD; Behold, I will plead your cause, and …

Micah 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against …

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

spoil

Isaiah 33:1 Woe to you that spoil, and you were not spoiled; and deal treacherously…

Habakkuk 2:8 Because you have spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people …

Verse 23. - For, though they are powerless to defend themselves, and have no earthly patrons, the Lord will plead their cause (Proverbs 23:11). Jehovah will be their Advocate and Protector. And spoil the soul of those that spoiled them; rather, despoil of life those that despoil them. So the Revised Version. God, exercising his moral government on human concerns, will bring ruin and death on the unjust judge or the rich oppressor of the poor. Jerome has, Configet eos qui confixerunt animam ejus. The verb used is קבע (kabah), which is found only here and Malachi 3:8, where it means "to defraud" or "despoil." In the Chaldee and Syriac it may signify "to fix," "to pierce." Septuagint, "The Lord will judge his cause, and thou shalt deliver thy soul unharmed (ἄσυλον):" i.e. if you refrain from injustice and oppression, you will be saved Item evil and dwell securely. For the Lord will plead their cause,.... If counsellors at the bar will not, he will; if judges on the bench will not do them justice, he will; he will judge the poor of the people; he will plead their cause, and plead it thoroughly, till he has brought forth judgment unto victory: woe to the man against whom Jehovah pleads; happy the poor on whose side he is; for their Redeemer is mighty, the Lord of hosts is his name, Psalm 72:4;

and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them; they could only spoil the poor of their goods, but the Lord can and will spoil and destroy the souls of the spoilers in hell: or, "spoil them that spoiled their soul" or "life" (k); that is, who spoiled them of their goods, and took away that small pittance they had, which was their life or livelihood; they shall be spoiled themselves that spoil others; the same measure they have meted out shall be measured out to them again; God will destroy them that destroy the earth, even antichrist and his followers, the oppressors of Christ's poor on earth, Revelation 11:18.

(k) "et vim faciet illis, qui animae eorum vim intulerunt", Munster, Vatablus; "et spoliabit eos qui spotiant ipsos anima", Michaelis. 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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