Proverbs 21:13
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English Standard Version
Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.

King James Bible
Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

American Standard Version
Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, He also shall cry, but shall not be heard.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that stoppeth his ear against the cry of the poor, shall also cry himself and shall not be heard.

English Revised Version
Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry, but shall not be heard.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

7 The violence of the godless teareth them away,

   For they have refused to do what is right.

The destruction which they prepare for others teareth or draggeth them away to destruction, by which wicked conduct brings punishment on itself; their own conduct is its own executioner (cf. Proverbs 1:19); for refusing to practise what is right, they have pronounced judgment against themselves, and fallen under condemnation. Rightly Jerome, detrahent, with Aquila, κατασπάσει equals j'gurrem (as Habakkuk 1:15), from גּרר; on the contrary, the lxx incorrectly, ἐπιξενωθήσεται, from גוּר, to dwell, to live as a guest; and the Venet., as Luther, in opposition to the usus loq.: δεδίξεται (fut. of δεδίσσεσθαι, to terrify), from גוּר, to dread, fear, which also remains intrans., with the accus. following, Deuteronomy 32:27. The Syr. and the Targ. freely: robbery (Targ. רבּוּנא, perhaps in the sense of usury) will seize them, viz., in the way of punishment. In Arab. jarr (jariyratn) means directly to commit a crime; not, as Schultens explains, admittere crimen paenam trahens, but attrahere (arripere), like (Arab.) jany (jinâytn), contrahere crimen; for there the crime is thought of as violent usurpation, here as wicked accumulation.

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Psalm 58:4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stops her ear;

Zechariah 7:11 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.

Acts 7:57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran on him with one accord,


Proverbs 28:27 He that gives to the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse.

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 If there be among you a poor man of one of your brothers within any of your gates in your land which the LORD your God gives you...

Nehemiah 5:1-5,13 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brothers the Jews...

Isaiah 1:15-17 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear...

Isaiah 58:6-9 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free...

Jeremiah 34:16,17 But you turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid...

James 2:13-16 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment...

cry himself

Proverbs 1:28 Then shall they call on me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

Psalm 18:41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even to the LORD, but he answered them not.

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the door, and you begin to stand without, and to knock at the door...

Cross References
Matthew 18:30
He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.

James 2:13
For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

1 John 3:17
But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?

Job 29:12
because I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to help him.

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