Proverbs 14:21
New International Version
It is a sin to despise one's neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.

New Living Translation
It is a sin to belittle one's neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor.

English Standard Version
Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

Berean Study Bible
He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who shows kindness to the poor.

New American Standard Bible
He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.

King James Bible
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.

Contemporary English Version
It's wrong to hate others, but God blesses everyone who is kind to the poor.

Good News Translation
If you want to be happy, be kind to the poor; it is a sin to despise anyone.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.

International Standard Version
Whoever despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.

NET Bible
The one who despises his neighbor sins, but whoever is kind to the needy is blessed.

New Heart English Bible
He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who shows kindness to the poor.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that despises his neighbor sins, and he that shows mercy upon the poor is blessed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is the one who is kind to humble people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth; But he that is gracious unto the humble, happy is he.

New American Standard 1977
He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The sinner despises his neighbour, but he that has mercy on the poor is blessed.

King James 2000 Bible
He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the poor, happy is he.

American King James Version
He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the poor, happy is he.

American Standard Version
He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth; But he that hath pity on the poor, happy is he.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that dishonours the needy sins: but he that has pity on the poor is most blessed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that despiseth his neighbour, sinneth: but he that sheweth mercy to the poor, shall be blessed. He that believeth in the Lord, loveth mercy.

Darby Bible Translation
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth; but he that is gracious to the afflicted, happy is he.

English Revised Version
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath pity on the poor, happy is he.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, 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.
Study Bible
The Wise Woman
20The poor man is hated even by his neighbor, but many are those who love the rich. 21He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who shows kindness to the poor. 22Do not those who contrive evil go astray? But those who plan goodness find loving devotion and truth.…
Cross References
Psalm 41:1
Blessed is he who cares for the poor; the LORD will deliver him in the day of trouble.

Proverbs 11:12
Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks judgment, but a man of understanding holds his peace.

Proverbs 19:17
Kindness to the poor is a loan to the LORD, and He will repay the lender.

Proverbs 21:10
The soul of the wicked craves evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.

Proverbs 28:8
He who increases his wealth by interest and usury lays it up for another, who will be kind to the poor.

Treasury of Scripture

He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the poor, happy is he.

that despiseth

Proverbs 11:12
He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Proverbs 17:5
Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 18:3
When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

he that hath

Proverbs 14:31
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

Proverbs 11:24,25
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty…

Proverbs 19:17
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.







Lexicon
He who despises
בָּז־ (bāz-)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 936: To disrespect

his neighbor
לְרֵעֵ֥הוּ (lə·rê·‘ê·hū)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7453: Friend, companion, fellow

sins,
חוֹטֵ֑א (ḥō·w·ṭê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2398: To miss, to sin, to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, lead astray, condemn

but blessed is
אַשְׁרָֽיו׃ (’aš·rāw)
Interjection | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 835: Happiness, interjection, how happy!

he who shows kindness
וּמְחוֹנֵ֖ן (ū·mə·ḥō·w·nên)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2603: To bend, stoop in kindness to an inferior, to favor, bestow, to implore

to the poor.
עֲנָוִ֣ים (‘ă·nā·wîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6041: Poor, afflicted, humble
Verse 21. - He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth. Taken in connection with the preceding verse, this teaches that it is a sin to despise and shun a man because he is poor or of low estate; such a one has a claim for love and pity, and it is a crime to withhold them from him for selfish considerations. The Christian view is taught by the parable of the good Samaritan. But he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he; hail to him! (Proverbs 16:20). Contempt is contrasted with mercy, sin with blessing. "Blessed are the merciful," said Christ (Matthew 5:7): "for they shall obtain mercy;" and St. Paul preserves another precious word, "It is mere blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). The merciful disposition, which shows itself in works of mercy, is a proof that the soul is in union with God, whose mercy is over all his works, whose mercy endureth forever, and therefore such a soul is blessed. "The poor," wrote James Howell, "are God's receivers, and the angels are his auditors" ('Five Hundred New Sayings'). The Vulgate here appends a line absent from the Hebrew and the ether versions, "He who believeth in the Lord loveth mercy." The true believer is charitable and bountiful, knowing that he will not hereby impoverish himself, but lay up a rich store of blessing; he acts thus not from mere philanthropy, but from higher motives: he has the grace of charity which springs from and rests upon his faith in God. 14:18. Sin is the shame of sinners; but wisdom is the honour of the wise. 19. Even bad men acknowledge the excellency of God's people. 20. Friendship in the world is governed by self-interest. It is good to have God our Friend; he will not desert us. 21. To despise a man for his employment or appearance is a sin. 22. How wisely those consult their own interest, who not only do good, but devise it! 23. Labour of the head, or of the hand, will turn to some good account. But if men's religion runs all out in talk and noise, they will come to nothing. 24. The riches of men of wisdom and piety enlarge their usefulness. 25. An upright man will venture the displeasure of the greatest, to bring truth to light. 26,27. Those who fear the Lord so as to obey and serve him, have a strong ground of confidence, and will be preserved. Let us seek to this Fountain of life, that we may escape the snares of death. 28. Let all that wish well to the kingdom of Christ, do what they can, that many may be added to his church. 29. A mild, patient man is one that learns of Christ, who is Wisdom itself. Unbridled passion is folly made known. 30. An upright, contented, and benevolent mind, tends to health. 31. To oppress the poor is to reproach our Creator. 32. The wicked man has his soul forced from him; he dies in his sins, under the guilt and power of them. But godly men, though they have pain and some dread of death, have the blessed hope, which God, who cannot lie, has given them. 33. Wisdom possesses the heart, and thus regulates the affections and tempers. 34. Piety and holiness always promote industry, sobriety, and honesty. 35. The great King who reigns over heaven and earth, will reward faithful servants who honour his gospel by the proper discharge of the duties of their stations: he despises not the services of the lowest.
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