New International Version
It is a sin to despise one's neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.
King James Bible
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Darby Bible Translation
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth; but he that is gracious to the afflicted, happy is he.
World English Bible
He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who has pity on the poor.
Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is despising his neighbour sinneth, Whoso is favouring the humble, O his happiness.
Proverbs 14:21 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth - To despise a man because he has some natural blemish is unjust, cruel, and wicked. He is not the author of his own imperfections; they did not occur through his fault or folly; and if he could, he would not retain them. It is, therefore, unjust and wicked to despise him for what is not his fault, but his misfortune.
But he that hath mercy on the poor - Who reproaches no man for his poverty or scanty intellect, but divides his bread with the hungry - happy is he; the blessing of God, and of them that were ready to perish, shall come upon him.
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TEXT: "The wicked shall not be unpunished."--Prov. 11:21. There are very many passages of Scripture which ought to be read in connection with this text; as for example, "Fools make a mock at sin" (Proverbs 14:9), for only a fool would. Better trifle with the pestilence and expose one's self to the plague than to discount the blighting effects of sin. And, again, "The soul that sinneth it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4). From this clear statement of the word of God there is no escape. Or, again, "Our …
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Sin the Mocker
Epistle xxx. To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria.
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For the director of music. A psalm of David. Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.
Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.
The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.
Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.
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