Proverbs 29:7
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New International Version
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.

New Living Translation
The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don't care at all.

English Standard Version
A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.

New American Standard Bible
The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor, The wicked does not understand such concern.

King James Bible
The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The righteous person knows the rights of the poor, but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.

International Standard Version
The righteous person is concerned about the poor; but the wicked don't understand what they need to know.

NET Bible
The righteous person cares for the legal rights of the poor; the wicked does not understand such knowledge.

New Heart English Bible
The righteous care about justice for the poor. The wicked aren't concerned about knowledge.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the righteous knows the justice of the poor and the evil does not recognize knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A righteous person knows the just cause of the poor. A wicked person does not understand this.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The righteous taketh knowledge of the cause of the poor; The wicked understandeth not knowledge.

New American Standard 1977
The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor,
            The wicked does not understand such concern.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The righteous considers the cause of the poor, but the wicked does not understand wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
The righteous considers the cause of the poor: but the wicked regards not such knowledge.

American King James Version
The righteous considers the cause of the poor: but the wicked regards not to know it.

American Standard Version
The righteous taketh knowledge of the cause of the poor; The wicked hath not understanding to know it .

Douay-Rheims Bible
The just taketh notice of the cause of the poor: the wicked is void of knowledge.

Darby Bible Translation
The righteous taketh knowledge of the cause of the poor; the wicked understandeth not knowledge.

English Revised Version
The righteous taketh knowledge of the cause of the poor: the wicked hath not understanding to know it.

Webster's Bible Translation
The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

World English Bible
The righteous care about justice for the poor. The wicked aren't concerned about knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
The righteous knoweth the plea of the poor, The wicked understandeth not knowledge.
Study Bible
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
6By transgression an evil man is ensnared, But the righteous sings and rejoices. 7The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor, The wicked does not understand such concern. 8Scorners set a city aflame, But wise men turn away anger.…
Cross References
Job 29:16
"I was a father to the needy, And I investigated the case which I did not know.

Psalm 41:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble.

Proverbs 31:8
Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate.

Proverbs 31:9
Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
Treasury of Scripture

The righteous considers the cause of the poor: but the wicked regards not to know it.

considereth

Job 29:16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

Job 31:13,21 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, …

Psalm 31:7 I will be glad and rejoice in your mercy: for you have considered …

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

Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, …

but

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

1 Samuel 25:9-11 And when David's young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to …

Jeremiah 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yes, they overpass the deeds of the …

Jeremiah 22:15-17 Shall you reign, because you close yourself in cedar? did not your …

Ezekiel 22:7,29-31 In you have they set light by father and mother: in the middle of …

Micah 3:1-4 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of …

(7) The wicked regardeth not to know it.--Literally, understandeth not knowledge; he does not know nor care to know anything about his poorer neighbour's affairs, so as to be able to help him. He cares as little about him as did Dives about Lazarus, though he saw him each time he went out of his own door.

Verse 7. - Considereth the cause; recognizes the claims, and, as the word din implies, supports them at the seat of judgment (comp. Job 29:12, 16; Psalm 82:3, etc.). Septuagint, "A righteous man knows how to judge for the poor." The wicked regardeth not to know it. This is a clumsy translation; it means, pays no attention so as to become fully acquainted with its details and bearings. But the words signify rather, as in the Revised Version margin, "understandeth not knowledge" (Proverbs 19:25; Proverbs 28:5), has no knowledge which would lead him to enter into the poor man's case, and to sympathize with him in his distress; the claims of the feeble to recognition and relief at his hands are utterly unknown and disregarded. He can daily look on Lazarus at his gate, and find no call for his pity and charity; he can see the wounded traveller in the road, and pass by on the other side. The LXX. offers two translations of the latter clause, reading the second time דשׁ instead of רשׁע, and thereby not improving the sense: "But the ungodly understand. eth not knowledge, and the poor man hath not an understanding mind." The righteous considereth the cause of the poor,.... Not his poverty and distress, so as to relieve him, which yet he does, Psalm 41:1; nor the person of the poor in judgment, and which he ought not to do; for as he should not regard a rich man's person, and favour him, because he is rich; so neither a poor man, because he is poor, through an affectation of mercy, Leviticus 19:15; but the cause of the poor, and the justice of that, and do him justice, though a poor man. This is to be understood chiefly of a civil magistrate, a judge righteous; who will take notice of and regard a poor man's cause, and take a good deal of pains and care that he is not injured. Or, "knoweth the judgment of the poor" (m) he acquaints himself with his case, makes himself thoroughly master of it, searches out his cause as Job did, Proverbs 29:16;

but the wicked regardeth not to know it; or, "does not understand knowledge" (n) of the poor man's cause and case; and there being no money to be had, he does not care to consider it, and look into it, and get knowledge of it, and do him justice; he will not take his cause in hand, or plead it.

(m) "novit justus causan pauperum", V. L. "cognoscit", Pagninus, Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, &c. "novit et curat justus judicum pauperum", Michaelis; "cognoscit justus litem tenuiem", Schultens. (n) "non intellilget scientiam", Paguinus, Montanus; "intelligit", Mercerus, Piscator, Gejerus, Michaelis, Schultens. 7. considereth—literally, "knows," as Ps 1:6.

the cause—that is, in courts of justice (compare Pr 29:14). The voluntary neglect of it by the wicked (Pr 28:27) occasions oppression.29:1 If God wounds, who can heal? The word of God warns all to flee from the wrath to come, to the hope set before us in Jesus Christ. 2. The people have cause to rejoice or mourn, as their rulers are righteous or wicked. 3. Divine wisdom best keeps us from ruinous lusts. 4. The Lord Jesus is the King who will minister true judgment to the people. 5. Flatterers put men off their guard, which betrays them into foolish conduct. 6. Transgressions always end in vexations. Righteous men walk at liberty, and walk in safety. 7. This verse is applicable to compassion for the distress of the poor, and the unfeeling disregard shown by the wicked. 8. The scornful mock at things sacred and serious. Men who promote religion, which is true wisdom, turn away the wrath of God. 9. If a wise man dispute with a conceited wrangler, he will be treated with anger or ridicule; and no good is done. 10. Christ told his disciples that they should be hated of all men. The just, whom the blood-thirsty hate, gladly do any thing for their salvation.
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