Proverbs 22:16
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English Standard Version
Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

King James Bible
He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

American Standard Version
He that oppresseth the poor to increase his gain , And he that giveth to the rich,'shall come only to want.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that oppresseth the poor, to in- crease his own riches, shall himself give to one that is richer, and shall be in need.

English Revised Version
He that oppresseth the poor to increase his gain, and he that giveth to the rich, cometh only to want.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

Proverbs 22:16 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

10 Chase away the scorner, and contention goeth out,

     And strife and reproach rest.

If in a company, a circle of friends, a society (lxx ἔκβαλε ἐκ συνεδρίου), a wicked man is found who (vid., the definition of לץ, Proverbs 21:24) treats religious questions without respect, moral questions in a frivolous way, serious things jestingly, and in his scornful spirit, his passion for witticism, his love of anecdote, places himself above the duty of showing reverence, veneration, and respect, there will arise ceaseless contentions and conflicts. Such a man one ought to chase away; then there will immediately go forth along with him dispeace (מדון), there will then be rest from strife and disgrace, viz., of the strife which such a one draws forth, and the disgrace which it brings on the society, and continually prepares for it. קלון is commonly understood of the injury, abuse, which others have to suffer from the scoffer, or also (thus Fleischer, Hitzig) of the opprobria of the contentious against one another. But קלון is not so used; it means always disgrace, as something that happens, an experience, vid., at Proverbs 18:3. The praise of one who is the direct contrast of a לץ is celebrated in the next verse.

Proverbs 22:16 Parallel Commentaries

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that oppresseth

Proverbs 22:22,23 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate...

Proverbs 14:31 He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker: but he that honors him has mercy on the poor.

Proverbs 28:3 A poor man that oppresses the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaves no food.

Job 20:19 Because he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor; because he has violently taken away an house which he built not;

Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, said the LORD...

Micah 2:2,3 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house...

Zechariah 7:9-14 Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother...

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

James 5:1-5 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you...

he that giveth

Luke 6:33-35 And if you do good to them which do good to you, what thank have you? for sinners also do even the same...

Luke 14:12-14 Then said he also to him that bade him, When you make a dinner or a supper, call not your friends, nor your brothers...

Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water...

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

Proverbs 22:22
Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate,

Proverbs 28:22
A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.

Ecclesiastes 5:8
If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them.

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