Proverbs 13:8
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New International Version
A person's riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.

New Living Translation
The rich can pay a ransom for their lives, but the poor won't even get threatened.

English Standard Version
The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat.

Berean Study Bible
Riches may ransom a man’s life, but a poor man hears no threat.

New American Standard Bible
The ransom of a man's life is his wealth, But the poor hears no rebuke.

King James Bible
The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.

Christian Standard Bible
Riches are a ransom for a person's life, but a poor person hears no threat.

Contemporary English Version
The rich may have to pay a ransom, but the poor don't have that problem.

Good News Translation
The rich have to use their money to save their lives, but no one threatens the poor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Riches are a ransom for a man's life, but a poor man hears no threat.

International Standard Version
The life of a wealthy man may be held for ransom, but whoever is poor receives no threats.

NET Bible
The ransom of a person's life is his wealth, but the poor person hears no threat.

New Heart English Bible
The ransom of a man's life is his riches, but the poor hear no threats.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The salvation of a man's soul is his wealth and the poor does not accept condemnation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person's riches are the ransom for his life, but the poor person does not pay attention to threats.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The ransom of a man's life are his riches; But the poor heareth no threatening.

New American Standard 1977
The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, But the poor hears no rebuke.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The redemption of a man's life is his riches: but the poor does not hear rebuke.

King James 2000 Bible
The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor hears not rebuke.

American King James Version
The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor hears not rebuke.

American Standard Version
The ransom of a man's life is his riches; But the poor heareth no threatening.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but he that is poor beareth not reprehension.

Darby Bible Translation
The ransom of a man's life is his riches; but the indigent heareth not rebuke.

English Revised Version
The ransom of a man's life is his riches: but the poor heareth no threatening.

Webster's Bible Translation
The ransom of a man's life is his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.

World English Bible
The ransom of a man's life is his riches, but the poor hear no threats.

Young's Literal Translation
The ransom of a man's life are his riches, And the poor hath not heard rebuke.
Study Bible
A Father's Discipline
7One pretends to be rich, but has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. 8Riches may ransom a man’s life, but a poor man hears no threat. 9The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is extinguished.…
Cross References
Proverbs 13:7
One pretends to be rich, but has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

Proverbs 13:9
The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is extinguished.

Proverbs 14:24
The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the effort of fools is folly.

Treasury of Scripture

The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor hears not rebuke.

ransom

Proverbs 6:35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though …

Exodus 21:30 If there be laid on him a sum of money, then he shall give for the …

Job 2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yes, all that …

Psalm 49:6-10 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude …

Jeremiah 41:8 But ten men were found among them that said to Ishmael, Slay us not: …

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and …

1 Peter 1:18,19 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible …

the poor

2 Kings 24:14 And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the …

2 Kings 25:12 But the captain of the guard left of the door of the poor of the …

Jeremiah 39:10 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the …

Zephaniah 3:12 I will also leave in the middle of you an afflicted and poor people, …







(8) The ransom of a man's life are his riches.--In times of trouble he may have to give them all to save his life. For the spiritual sense comp. Luke 16:9.

But the poor heareth not rebuke.--Or, threatening. (Comp. Job 3:18; Job 39:7.) He has no need to regard it; his poverty and insignificance are his protection.

Verse 8. - The ransom of a man's life are his riches. A rich man can save himself from many difficulties and dangers by the sacrifice of a portion of his wealth, e.g. when his money or his life is demanded by a robber; when men in authority make extortionate demands on pain of death; or when he has incurred extreme penalty by infringement of law (Exodus 21:22, 30). Spiritually discerned, the passage recalls Christ's injunction, "Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness, that when it shall fail, they may receive you into the eternal tabernacles" (Luke 16:9). The poor heareth not rebuke; has not to listen to (Job 3:18) threats from the covetous or abuse from the envious. He has nothing to lose, and no one can gain anything by interfering with him. So the poor man is at peace. "A hundred men cannot rob one pauper."

"Cantabit vacuus coram latrone viator." The ransom of a man's life are his riches,.... As Benhadad's were to him, when he was in the hands of the king of Israel, 1 Kings 20:34; and as the treasures the ten men had in the field were to them, for the sake of which Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, slew them not, Jeremiah 41:8. This is the advantage of riches when a man is taken captive in war, or by pirates, or is in the hands of thieves and robbers, he can redeem himself by his money; or when his life is in danger by diseases, he can procure healing medicines; or by famine, he can get food to preserve it, when a poor man cannot: but this is not to be done always, and is only to be understood of a temporal life; for, as to the spiritual and eternal redemption of the soul of man, that requires a greater ransom price than such corruptible things as silver and gold; nothing short of the precious blood of Christ is sufficient for that, Job 36:18. Moreover, these words may not so much design the convenience as the inconvenience of riches to men; since these often invite thieves to assault their persons, and break into their houses, and threaten their lives; and put wicked men upon forming schemes, and drawing up charges and accusations against them, purely to get their money; which bring their lives into danger, and which they can only redeem by their riches;

but the poor heareth not rebuke; no charge and accusation is brought against him; no rebuke or reproof is given him; no notice is taken of him, because nothing is to be got from him; he may sleep with his door unlocked, thieves will give him no disturbance; he may travel upon the road without being bid to stand (c). Jarchi interprets this of him that is poor in the law; that hearkens not to reproofs and admonitions, given him to depart from evil: but rather it may be applied to the poor in spirit; who trust not in themselves and their own righteousness, but in the grace of God and righteousness of Christ; who indeed hear the rebukes of good men, and take them kindly; and of bad men, and return not revilings for them; and also the rebukes of Providence, or the chastisements of their heavenly Father, yet they will never hear any rebuke in wrath from him here or hereafter; when the rich in their own conceit, who trust in their riches and righteousness, and think to ransom their souls from death by them, will have rebukes with flames of fire.

(c) "Cantabit vacuus coram latrone viator", Juvenal. Sat. 10. v. 23. 8. Riches save some from punishment, while others suffer because they will not heed the rebuke of sloth, which makes and keeps them poor.13:6. An honest desire to do right, preserves a man from fatal mistakes, better than a thousand fine-drawn distinctions. 7. Some who are really poor, trade and spend as if they were rich: this is sin, and will be shame, and it will end accordingly. Some that are really rich, would be thought to be poor: in this there is want of gratitude to God, want of justice and charity to others. There are many hypocrites, empty of grace, who will not be convinced of their poverty. There are many fearing Christians, who are spiritually rich, yet think themselves poor; by their doubts, and complaints, and griefs, they make themselves poor. 8. Great riches often tempt to violence against those that possess them; but the poor are free from such perils. 9. The light of the righteous is as that of the sun, which may be eclipsed and clouded, but will continue: the Spirit is their Light, he gives a fulness of joy: that of the wicked is as a lamp of their own kindling, easily put out. 10. All contentions, whether between private persons, families, churches, or nations, are begun and carried forward by pride. Disputes would be easily prevented or ended, if it were not for pride. 11. Wealth gotten by dishonesty or vice, has a secret curse, which will speedily waste it. 12. The delay of what is anxiously hoped for, is very painful to the mind; obtaining it is very pleasant. But spiritual blessings are chiefly intended.
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