New International Version
His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.
King James Bible
His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.
Darby Bible Translation
His children shall seek the favour of the poor, and his hands restore his wealth.
World English Bible
His children shall seek the favor of the poor. His hands shall give back his wealth.
Young's Literal Translation
His sons do the poor oppress, And his hands give back his wealth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
His children shall seek to please the poor - They shall be reduced to the lowest degree of poverty and want, so as to be obliged to become servants to the poor. Cursed be Ham, a servant of servants shall he be. There are cases where the poor actually serve the poor; and this is the lowest or most abject state of poverty.
His hands shall restore their goods - He shall be obliged to restore the goods that he has taken by violence. Mr. Good translates: His branches shall be involved in his iniquity; i.e., his children shall suffer on his account. "His own hands shall render to himself the evil that he has done to others." - Calmet. The clause is variously translated.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
His children, etc. or, The poor shall oppress his children
LibraryJune 9 Evening
The triumphing of the wicked is short.--JOB 20:5. Thou shalt bruise his heel.--This is your hour, and the power of darkness.--As the children are partakers of flesh and blood he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.--Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
The lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
His children are far from safety, crushed in court without a defender.
He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.
What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.
However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.
Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,
what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.
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