Proverbs 17:5
New International Version
Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

New Living Translation
Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.

English Standard Version
Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

Berean Study Bible
He who mocks the poor insults their Maker; whoever gloats over calamity 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.

New King James Version
He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

New American Standard Bible
One who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; One who rejoices at disaster will not go unpunished.

NASB 1995
He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.

NASB 1977
He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.

Amplified Bible
Whoever mocks the poor taunts his Maker, And he who rejoices at [another’s] disaster will not go unpunished.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who mocks the poor insults his Maker, and one who rejoices over calamity will not go unpunished.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who mocks the poor insults his Maker, and one who rejoices over calamity will not go unpunished.

American Standard Version
Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker; And he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that laughs against the poor angers his Creator, and he that rejoices at ruin will not be spared.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that laughs at the poor provokes him that made him; and he that rejoices at the destruction of another shall not be held guiltless: but he that has compassion shall find mercy.

Contemporary English Version
By insulting the poor, you insult your Creator. You will be punished if you make fun of someone in trouble.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that despiseth the poor, reproacheth his Maker; and he that rejoiceth at another man's ruin, shall not be unpunished.

English Revised Version
Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.

Good News Translation
If you make fun of poor people, you insult the God who made them. You will be punished if you take pleasure in someone's misfortune.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever makes fun of a poor person insults his maker. Whoever is happy [to see someone's] distress will not escape punishment.

International Standard Version
Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their maker, and whoever is happy about disaster will not go unpunished.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whoso mocketh the poor blasphemeth his Maker; And he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.

Literal Standard Version
Whoever is mocking at the poor Has reproached his Maker, Whoever is rejoicing at calamity is not acquitted.

NET Bible
The one who mocks the poor insults his Creator; whoever rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished.

New Heart English Bible
Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker. He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
4A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar gives ear to a destructive tongue. 5He who mocks the poor insults their Maker; whoever gloats over calamity will not go unpunished. 6Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of a son is his father.…

Cross References
Job 31:29
If I have rejoiced in my enemy's ruin, or exulted when evil befell him--

Proverbs 14:31
Whoever oppresses the poor taunts their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors Him.

Proverbs 24:17
Do not gloat when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart rejoice when he stumbles,

Obadiah 1:12
But you should not gloat in that day, your brother's day of misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast proudly in the day of their distress.


Treasury of Scripture

Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

mocketh

Proverbs 14:21,31
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he…

Psalm 69:9
For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

1 John 3:17
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

and

Proverbs 24:17,18
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: …

Job 31:29
If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:

Jeremiah 17:16
As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.









(5) Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker.--See above on Proverbs 14:31.

He that is glad at calamities.--Of enemies. (Comp. Proverbs 24:18; Job 31:29.)

Verse 5. - Whoso mocketh the poor (see Proverbs 14:31, which is nearly identical). He that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished (Proverbs 11:21; Proverbs 24:17, 18). The particular calamity primarily intended seems to be that which reduces a person to poverty. Delight in others' misfortunes, even those of enemies, is a most detestable form of selfishness and malice. Job, testifying to his own integrity, was thankful to think that he was free from this vice (Job 31:29). The Greeks had a name for it, and called it ἐπιχαιρεκακία, which is used by Aristotle ('Eth. Nic.,' 2:6. 18). The pious author looks for retributive punishment on such spitefulness. The LXX. tries to improve the contrast by resorting a gloss, "He who rejoices at one who perishes shall not go unpunished; but he who hath compassion shall obtain mercy," which is remarkably like Christ's sentence, "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He who mocks
לֹעֵ֣ג (lō·‘êḡ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3932: To deride, to speak unintelligibly

the poor
לָ֭רָשׁ (lā·rāš)
Preposition-l, Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7326: To be in want or poor

insults
חֵרֵ֣ף (ḥê·rêp̄)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2778: To pull off, to expose, to betroth, to carp at, defame, to spend the winter

their Maker;
עֹשֵׂ֑הוּ (‘ō·śê·hū)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

whoever gloats
שָׂמֵ֥חַ (śā·mê·aḥ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 8056: Glad, joyful, merry

over calamity
לְ֝אֵ֗יד (lə·’êḏ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 343: Oppression, misfortune, ruin

will not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

go unpunished.
יִנָּקֶֽה׃ (yin·nā·qeh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5352: To be, clean, to be bare, extirpated


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