New American Standard Bible
He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
King James Bible
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
Darby Bible Translation
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker; but he that honoureth Him is gracious to the needy.
World English Bible
He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy honors him.
Young's Literal Translation
An oppressor of the poor reproacheth his Maker, And whoso is honouring Him Is favouring the needy.
Proverbs 14:31 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Honoureth him - i. e., God, who is the Maker of poor and rich alike.
LibrarySatisfied from Self
'... A good man shall be satisfied from himself.'--PROVERBS xiv. 14. At first sight this saying strikes one as somewhat unlike the ordinary Scripture tone, and savouring rather of a Stoical self-complacency; but we recall parallel sayings, such as Christ's words, 'The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water'; and the Apostle's, 'Then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone.' We further note that the text has an antithetic parallel in the preceding clause, where the picture is …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
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"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'
1 John 3:17
But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?
'So you shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the LORD your God.
"You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your countrymen or one of your aliens who is in your land in your towns.
"They push the needy aside from the road; The poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.
"Did not He who made me in the womb make him, And the same one fashion us in the womb?
He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
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