Proverbs 22:9
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New International Version
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

New Living Translation
Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.

English Standard Version
Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

New American Standard Bible
He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.

King James Bible
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A generous person will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.

International Standard Version
Whoever is generous will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.

NET Bible
A generous person will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whose ever eye is good will be blessed, because he gives of his bread to the poor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever is generous will be blessed because he has shared his food with the poor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that has a merciful eye shall be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the destitute.

King James 2000 Bible
He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he gives of his bread to the poor.

American King James Version
He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he gives of his bread to the poor.

American Standard Version
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; For he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is inclined to mercy shall be blessed: for of his bread he hath given to the poor. He that maketh presents shall purchase victory and honour: but he carrieth away the souls of the receivers.

Darby Bible Translation
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

English Revised Version
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

World English Bible
He who has a generous eye will be blessed; for he shares his food with the poor.

Young's Literal Translation
The good of eye -- he is blessed, For he hath given of his bread to the poor.
Parallel Commentaries
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 9. - He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed. The "good of eye" is the kindly looking, the benevolent man, in contrast to him of the evil eye, the envious, the unfriendly and niggardly man (Proverbs 23:6; Proverbs 28:22). St. Jerome renders, Qui pronus est ad misericordiam. Such a one is blessed by God in this world and the next, in time and in eternity, according to the sentiment of Proverbs 11:25. Thus in the temporal sense (Ecclus. 34 (31):23). "Him that is liberal in food lips shall bless, and the testimony of his liberality will be believed." Septuagint, "He that hath pity upon the poor shall himself be continually sustained (διατραφήσεται)." The reason is added, For he giveth of his brans to the poor. The blessing is the consequence of his charity and liberality. 2 Corinthians 9:6, "He that soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully (ἐπ αὐλογίαις)." The Vulgate and Septuagint add a distich not in the Hebrew, Victoriam et honorem acquiret qui dat munera; animam autem aufert accipientium; Νίκην καὶ τιμὴν περι ποιεῖται ὁ δῶρα δοὺς τὴν μέντοι ψυχὴν ἀφαι ρεῖται τῶν κεκτημένωνω, "Victory and honour he obtaineth who giveth gifts; but he takes away the life of the possessors." The first hemistich appears to be a variant of Proverbs 19:6b, the second to be derived from Proverbs 1:19b. The second portion of the Latin addition may mean that the liberal man wins and carries away with him the souls of the recipients of his bounty. But this, though Ewald would fain have it so, cannot be the signification of the corresponding Greek, which seems to mean that the man who is so liberal in distributing gifts obtains the power to do so by oppressing and wronging others.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed,.... Or "a good eye" (y); who looks about him for proper objects to do good unto; looks pleasantly on them, and deals out cheerfully and bountifully to them; he shall be blessed with an increase of temporal good things, with spiritual blessings, and with eternal glory and happiness; when he does what he does from principles of grace, with a view to the glory of God, not depending on what he does, but upon the grace of God, and the righteousness of Christ;

for he giveth of his bread to the poor; what is his own and a part of it; not all, for he reserves some as he ought for himself and his; but he does not eat his morsel alone, he gives of it to the necessitous; his beneficent hand is a proof of his bountiful eye and liberal heart.

(y) "bonus oculus", Montanus, Vatablus, Cocceius; "bonus oculo", Junilus & Tremellius, Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis, Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. a bountiful eye—that is, a beneficent disposition.

for he giveth … poor—His acts prove it.

Proverbs 22:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Good Name More Desirable than Riches
8He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, And the rod of his fury will perish. 9He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor. 10Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease.…
Cross References
Luke 14:13
But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

2 Corinthians 9:6
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

Deuteronomy 15:10
Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

Proverbs 19:17
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

Proverbs 31:20
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
Treasury of Scripture

He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he gives of his bread to the poor.

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Proverbs 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that waters shall be watered …

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he …

Proverbs 21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry …

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 If there be among you a poor man of one of your brothers within any …

Deuteronomy 28:56 The tender and delicate woman among you…

Job 31:16-20 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the …

Psalm 41:1-3 Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him …

Psalm 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures …

Ecclesiastes 11:1,2 Cast your bread on the waters: for you shall find it after many days…

Isaiah 32:8 But the liberal devises liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.

Isaiah 58:7-12 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the …

Matthew 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye …

Matthew 25:34-40 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil …

Luke 6:35-38 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing …

Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support …

2 Corinthians 8:1,2 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed …

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; …

1 Timothy 6:18,19 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, …

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

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