Proverbs 28:27
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New International Version
Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.

New Living Translation
Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.

English Standard Version
Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

New American Standard Bible
He who gives to the poor will never want, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.

King James Bible
He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who gives to the poor will not be in need, but one who turns his eyes away will receive many curses.

International Standard Version
Whoever gives to the poor will never lack, but whoever shuts his eyes to their poverty will be cursed.

NET Bible
The one who gives to the poor will not lack, but whoever shuts his eyes to them will receive many curses.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that gives to the poor will not lack it, and he that turns his eyes from the poor will increase his curse.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever gives to the poor lacks nothing. Whoever ignores the poor receives many curses.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that gives unto the poor shall never lack, but he that hides his eyes from the poor shall have many a curse.

King James 2000 Bible
He that gives unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse.

American King James Version
He that gives to the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse.

American Standard Version
He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack; But he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that giveth to the poor, shall not want: he that despiseth his entreaty, shall suffer indigence.

Darby Bible Translation
He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack; but he that withdraweth his eyes shall have many a curse.

English Revised Version
He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that giveth to the poor shall not want: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

World English Bible
One who gives to the poor has no lack; but one who closes his eyes will have many curses.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is giving to the poor hath no lack, And whoso is hiding his eyes multiplied curses.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

28:24. Here is the wickedness of those who think it no sin to rob their parents, by wheedling them or threatening them, or by wasting what they have, and running into debt. 25. Those make themselves always easy, that live in continual dependence upon God and his grace, and live by faith. 26. A fool trusts to his own strength, merit, and righteousness. And trusts to his own heart, which is not only deceitful above all things, but which has often deceived him. 27. A selfish man not only will not look out for objects of compassion, but will look off from those that call for his attention. 28. When power is put into the hands of the wicked, wise men decline public business. If the reader will go diligently over this and the other chapters, in many places where at first he may suppose there is least of Christ, still he will find what will lead to him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 27. - He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack (see Proverbs 11:24, etc.; Proverbs 19:17). God in some way compensates what is spent in almsdeeds by shedding his blessing on the benevolent. "Der Geiz," runs the German maxim, "sammlet sich arm, die Milde giebt sich reich," "Charity gives itself rich; covetousness hoards itself poor" (Trench). "Alms," said the rabbis, "are the salt of riches." But he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse (Proverbs 11:26). The uncharitable man either turns away his eyes that he may not see the misery around him, or pretends not to notice it, lest his compassion should be claimed. The expression, "hiding the eyes," occurs in Isaiah 1:15, "When ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you." The unmerciful man meets with the curses of those whom he has neglected to relieve when he had the power, and such curses are ratified and fulfilled because they are deserved, and Divine retribution attends them (see the opposite view, Ver. 20). "Turn not away thine eye from the needy," says the Son of Sirach, "and give him none occasion to curse thee; for if be curse thee in the bitterness of his soul, his prayer shall be heard of him that made him" (Ecclus 4:4, etc.; comp. Tobit 4:7). So in the 'Didache,' ch. 4, we have, Οὐκ ἀποστραφήσῃ τὸν ἐνδεόμενον, "Thou shalt not turn thyself from one in need." Septuagint, "lie that turneth away his eye shall be in great distress;" Vulgate, Qui despicit deprecantem sustinebit penuriam.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack,.... That gives alms unto them, relieves them in their distress, supplies them with money, food, or clothes, and does it cheerfully, largely, and liberally, as the case requires; such an one shall not want any good thing; he shall not be the poorer for what he gives; he shall not miss it, nor his substance be diminished; he shall not come to poverty and want, yea, he shall be enriched, and his substance increased, for more is intended than is expressed. Jarchi interprets this of a wise man not restraining doctrine from a disciple, but giving it to him liberally;

but he that hideth his eyes; that is, from the poor, as the Targum and Syriac version add; that does not care to see his person, to behold his miseries, or know his case, lest his heart should be moved with compassion, and should draw out anything from him; see Isaiah 58:7. Such an one

shall have many a curse; not only from the poor he hardens himself against, but from other persons, who observe his miserable and covetous disposition; and from the Lord himself, who abhors such persons, and curses their very blessings now, and will bid them depart from him as accursed persons hereafter.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

27. (Compare Pr 11:24-26).

hideth his eyes—as the face (Ps 27:9; 69:17), denotes inattention.

Proverbs 28:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Righteous are as Bold as a Lion
26He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered. 27He who gives to the poor will never want, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses. 28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.
Cross References
Proverbs 11:24
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

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

Proverbs 28:28
When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.
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