Proverbs 22:22
New International Version
Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,

New Living Translation
Don't rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court.

English Standard Version
Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate,

Berean Study Bible
Do not rob a poor man because he is poor, and do not crush the afflicted at the gate,

New American Standard Bible
Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;

King James Bible
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Christian Standard Bible
Don't rob a poor person because he is poor, and don't crush the oppressed at the city gate,

Contemporary English Version
Don't take advantage of the poor or cheat them in court.

Good News Translation
Don't take advantage of the poor just because you can; don't take advantage of those who stand helpless in court.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't rob a poor man because he is poor, and don't crush the oppressed at the gate,

International Standard Version
Don't rob the poor person because he is poor, and don't crush the helpless in court,

NET Bible
Do not exploit a poor person because he is poor and do not crush the needy in court,

New Heart English Bible
Do not exploit the poor, because he is poor; and do not crush the needy in court;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not oppress the poor because he is poor and do not humiliate the afflicted one in the gate.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not rob the poor because they are poor or trample on the rights of an oppressed person at the city gate,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Rob not the weak, because he is weak, Neither crush the poor in the gate;

New American Standard 1977
Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither destroy the destitute in judgment:

King James 2000 Bible
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

American King James Version
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

American Standard Version
Rob not the poor, because he is poor; Neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Do no violence to the poor, for he is needy: neither dishonour the helpless man in the gates.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Do no violence to the poor, because he is poor: and do not oppress the needy in the gate:

Darby Bible Translation
Rob not the poor, because he is poor, neither oppress the afflicted in the gate;

English Revised Version
Rob not the poor, because he is poor, neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Webster's Bible Translation
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

World English Bible
Don't exploit the poor, because he is poor; and don't crush the needy in court;

Young's Literal Translation
Rob not the poor because he is poor, And bruise not the afflicted in the gate.
Study Bible
Thirty Sayings of the Wise
21to show you true and reliable words, so that you can give sound answers to those who sent you? 22Do not rob a poor man because he is poor, and do not crush the afflicted at the gate, 23for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who rob them.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:6
You shall not deny justice to the poor in their lawsuits.

Leviticus 25:17
Do not take advantage of one another, but fear your God; for I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 23:16
Let him live among you wherever he chooses, in the town of his pleasing. Do not oppress him.

Job 31:16
If I have denied the desires of the poor or allowed the widow's eyes to fail,

Proverbs 22:16
Oppressing the poor to enrich oneself, or giving gifts to the rich, will surely lead to poverty.

Zechariah 7:10
Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. And do not plot evil in your hearts against one another.'

Malachi 3:5
"Then I will draw near to you for judgment. And I will be a swift witness against sorcerers and adulterers and perjurers, against oppressors of the widowed and fatherless, and against those who defraud laborers of their wages and deny justice to the foreigner but do not fear Me," says the LORD of Hosts.

Treasury of Scripture

Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

rob

Proverbs 23:10
Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:

Ezekiel 22:29
The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.

oppress

Proverbs 21:16
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Exodus 23:6
Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

Job 29:12-16
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him…







Lexicon
Do not
אַֽל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

rob
תִּגְזָל־ (tiḡ·zāl-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1497: To pluck off, to flay, strip, rob

a poor
דָּ֭ל (dāl)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1800: Dangling, weak, thin

man because
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

he
ה֑וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

is poor,
דַל־ (ḏal-)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1800: Dangling, weak, thin

and do not
וְאַל־ (wə·’al-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

crush
תְּדַכֵּ֖א (tə·ḏak·kê)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1792: To crumble, to bruise

the afflicted
עָנִ֣י (‘ā·nî)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6041: Poor, afflicted, humble

at the gate,
בַשָּֽׁעַר׃ (ḇaš·šā·‘ar)
Preposition, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8179: An opening, door, gate
5. FIRST APPENDIX TO THE "PROVERBS OF SOLOMON" (Proverbs 10:1 to Proverbs 22:16), CONTAINING PROVERBS OF DIFFERENT LENGTHS, FROM THE DISTICH TO THE LENGTHENED DIDACTIC POEM (Proverbs 22:22 to Proverbs 24:22).

(22) Neither oppress the afflicted in the gate.--The place of business (Genesis 34:20) and of judgment (Deuteronomy 21:19; Amos 5:15). (Comp. the title, "the Sublime Porte.") This, with the following Proverbs 22:23, forms a tetrastich or verse of four lines, as do also Proverbs 22:24-25.

Verse 22-ch. 24:22. - Here commence the "words of the wise." Verse 22. - This and the following verse form a terrastich, which connects itself in thought with ver. 16. Rob not the poor, because he is poor. The word for "poor" is here dal, which means "feeble," "powerless" (see on Proverbs 19:4), and the writer enjoins the disciple not to be induced by his weakness to injure and despoil a poor man. Neither oppress the afflicted in the gate. The gate is the place of judgment, the court of justice (comp. Job 31:21). The warning points to the particular form of wrong inflicted on the lowly by unjust judges, who could give sentences from which, however iniquitous, there was practically no appeal. 22:17-21. To these words, to this knowledge, the ear must be bowed down, and the heart applied by faith and love. To live a life of delight in God and dependence on him, is the foundation of all practical religion. The way to know the certainty of the word of truth, is to make conscience of our duty. 22,23. He that robs and oppresses the poor, does so at his peril. And if men will not appear for them, God will. 24,25. Our corrupt hearts have so much tinder in them, that it is dangerous to have to do with those that throw about the sparks of their passion.
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