New International Version
Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
King James Bible
Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
Darby Bible Translation
Whoso mocketh a poor [man] reproacheth his Maker; he that is glad at calamity shall not be held innocent.
World English Bible
Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker. He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.
Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is mocking at the poor Hath reproached his Maker, Whoso is rejoicing at calamity is not acquitted.
Proverbs 17:5 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that is glad at calamity - He who is pleased to hear of the misfortune of another will, in the course of God's just government, have his own multiplied.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryApril 8. "A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like a Medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22).
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22). King Solomon left among his wise sayings a prescription for sick and sad hearts, and it is one that we can safely take. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Joy is the great restorer and healer. Gladness of spirit will bring health to the bones and vitality to the nerves when all other tonics fail, and all other sedatives cease to quiet. Sick one, begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and your cheeks …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
An Analysis of Augustin's Writings against the Donatists.
An Exhortation to Peace and Unity
"If I have rejoiced at my enemy's misfortune or gloated over the trouble that came to him--
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.
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