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.

New American Standard Bible
He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whosoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker, and he that is glad regarding the calamity of someone else shall not go unpunished.

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: and he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.

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

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

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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that despiseth the poor, reproacheth his Maker; and he that rejoiceth at another man's ruin, 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.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
He that mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker; and he that is glad at calamities 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.
Study Bible
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 at my enemy's ruin, or exulted when evil befell him--

Proverbs 14:31
He who 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.







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

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

insults
חֵרֵ֣ף (ḥê·rêp̄)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 6213: To do, make

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

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

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

go unpunished.
יִנָּקֶֽה׃ (yin·nā·qeh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5352: To be, clean, to be bare, extirpated
(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." 17:4. Flatterers, especially false teachers, are welcome to those that live in sin. 5. Those that laugh at poverty, treat God's providence and precepts with contempt. 6. It is an honour to children to have wise and godly parents continued to them, even after they are grown up and settled in the world. 7. A fool, in Solomon's Proverbs, signifies a wicked man, whom excellent speech does not become, because his conversation contradicts it.
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