New International Version
No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
King James Bible
The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.
Darby Bible Translation
The vile man shall be no more called noble, nor the churl said to be bountiful:
World English Bible
The fool will no longer be called noble, nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
Young's Literal Translation
A fool is no more called 'noble,' And to a miser it is not said, 'rich;'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The vile person shall no more be called liberal - The different epithets here employed require minute explanation.
The vile person - נבל nabal, the pampered, fattened, brainless fellow, who eats to live, and lives to eat; who will scarcely part with any thing, and that which he does give he gives with an evil eye and a grudging heart.
Liberal - נדיב nadib; the generous, openhearted, princely man, who writes on all his possessions, For myself and mankind, and lives only to get and to do good.
The churl - כילי kilai, the avaricious man; he who starves himself amidst his plenty, and will not take the necessaries of life for fear of lessening his stock.
Thus he differs from נבל nabal, who feeds himself to the full, and regards no one else; like the rich man in the Gospel. The avaricious man is called כילי kilai, from כי ki, for, לי li, myself; or contracted from כל col, all, and לי li, to myself: all is mine; all I have is my own; and all I can get is for myself: and yet this man enjoys nothing; he withholds
From back and belly too their proper fare: -
O cursed lust of gold, when for thy sake
The wretch throws up his interest in both worlds,
First starved in this, then damned in that to come!
Bountiful - שוע shoa, he who is abundantly rich; who rejoices in his plenty, and deals out to the distressed with a liberal hand.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.'--ISAIAH xxxii. 2. We may well say, Of whom speaketh the prophet this? Here are distinctly attributed to one of ourselves, if we take the words in their simplicity and fulness, functions and powers which universal experience has taught us not to look for in humanity. And there have been a great many attempts--as it seems to me, altogether …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Peace on Earth through Righteousness
The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Letter xxvi. (Circa A. D. 1127) to the Same
1 Samuel 25:25
Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name--his name means Fool, and folly goes with him. And as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my lord sent.
who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.
Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.
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