Proverbs 30:14
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New International Version
those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among mankind.

New Living Translation
They have teeth like swords and fangs like knives. They devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among humanity.

English Standard Version
There are those whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among mankind.

Berean Study Bible
there is a generation whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are knives, devouring the oppressed from the earth, and the needy from among men.

New American Standard Bible
There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords And his jaw teeth like knives, To devour the afflicted from the earth And the needy from among men.

King James Bible
There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

Christian Standard Bible
There is a generation whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, devouring the oppressed from the land and the needy from among mankind.

Contemporary English Version
others are so greedy that they gobble up the poor and homeless.

Good News Translation
There are people who take cruel advantage of the poor and needy; that is the way they make their living.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There is a generation whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, devouring the oppressed from the land and the needy from among mankind.

International Standard Version
Some people have swords for teeth and knives for fangs to devour the afflicted from the earth and the needy from among mankind.

NET Bible
There is a generation whose teeth are like swords and whose molars are like knives to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among the human race.

New Heart English Bible
There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, and their jaws like knives, to devour the poor from the earth, and the needy from among men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A generation whose swords are its teeth, and daggers its molars, to consume the poor of earth and the afflicted of men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A certain kind of person, whose teeth are like swords and whose jaws are [like] knives, devours oppressed people from the earth and people from among humanity.

JPS Tanakh 1917
There is a generation whose teeth are as swords, and their great teeth as knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

New American Standard 1977
There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords, And his jaw teeth like knives, To devour the afflicted from the earth, And the needy from among men.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their molars as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the destitute from among men.

King James 2000 Bible
There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

American King James Version
There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

American Standard Version
There is a generation whose teeth are as'swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A generation, that for teeth hath swords, and grindeth with their jaw teeth, to devour the needy from off the earth, and the poor from among men.

Darby Bible Translation
-- a generation whose teeth are swords, and their jaw-teeth knives, to devour the afflicted from off the earth, and the needy from [among] men.

English Revised Version
There is a generation whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

Webster's Bible Translation
There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw-teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

World English Bible
There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, and their jaws like knives, to devour the poor from the earth, and the needy from among men.

Young's Literal Translation
A generation -- swords are their teeth, And knives -- their jaw-teeth, To consume the poor from earth, And the needy from among men.
Study Bible
The Words of Agur
13There is a generation—how haughty are their eyes, and pretentious are their glances— 14there is a generation whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are knives, devouring the oppressed from the earth, and the needy from among men. 15The leech has two daughters: Give and Give. There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, “Enough!”:…
Cross References
Job 29:17
I shattered the fangs of the unjust and snatched the prey from his teeth.

Psalm 14:4
Will the workers of iniquity never learn? They devour my people like bread; they refuse to call upon the LORD.

Psalm 57:4
My soul is among the lions; I lie down with ravenous beasts whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.

Psalm 124:6
Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as prey to their teeth.

Proverbs 30:15
The leech has two daughters: Give and Give. There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, "Enough!":

Isaiah 3:14
The LORD brings this charge against the elders and leaders of His people: "You have devoured the vineyard; the plunder of the poor is in your houses.

Amos 8:4
Hear this, you who trample on the needy, who do away with the poor of the land,

Treasury of Scripture

There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

whose

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue …

Job 29:17 And I broke the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

Psalm 3:7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for you have smitten all my enemies …

Psalm 52:2 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on …

Psalm 58:6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth …

Daniel 7:5-7 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised …

Revelation 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the …

to devour

Proverbs 22:16 He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he that gives …

Proverbs 28:3 A poor man that oppresses the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaves no food.

Psalm 10:8,9 He sits in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places …

Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now …

Psalm 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people …

Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under …

Isaiah 32:7 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he devises wicked devices …

Amos 2:7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and …

Amos 4:1 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, …

Amos 8:4 Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor …

Micah 2:1,2 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when …

Micah 3:1-5 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of …

Habakkuk 3:14 You did strike through with his staves the head of his villages: …

Zephaniah 3:3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening …

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' …

James 5:1-4 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall …







Verse 14. - A generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives. The fourth evil is insatiable cupidity, which leads to oppression and injurious treatment of the helpless and poor, which makes men as cruel and remorseless in destroying others and despoiling them of their substance, as the very steel which they use in their operations. Similarly, the psalmist speaks of his enemies as men "whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword" (Psalm 57:4; comp. Isaiah 9:12; Jeremiah 5:17). To devour the poor from off the earth; i.e. so as to be no more seen in the world. Amos 8:4, "Hear this, O ye that would swallow up the needy, and cause the poor of the land to fail" (comp. Psalm 14:4). There is a generation whose teeth are as swords,.... As sharp as swords; like such the beasts of prey have; cruel, barbarous, and inhuman creatures; see Psalm 57:4;

and their jaw teeth as knives; exceeding sharp and biting:

to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men: by their tyranny, oppression, and cruelty, to deprive them of the little they have; and even to take away their lives from them, and utterly destroy them; of this disposition are all tyrants and persecutors: such were Rome Pagan, compared to a red dragon in the times of the ten Heathen persecutions; and such is Rome Papal, signified by a beast, like a leopard, bear, and lion; and which has been drunk with the blood of the saints. 30:10 Slander not a servant to his master, accuse him not in small matters, to make mischief. 11-14. In every age there are monsters of ingratitude who ill-treat their parents. Many persuade themselves they are holy persons, whose hearts are full of sin, and who practise secret wickedness. There are others whose lofty pride is manifest. There have also been cruel monsters in every age. 15-17. Cruelty and covetousness are two daughters of the horseleech, that still cry, Give, give, and they are continually uneasy to themselves. Four things never are satisfied, to which these devourers are compared. Those are never rich that are always coveting. And many who have come to a bad end, have owned that their wicked courses began by despising their parents' authority. 18-20. Four things cannot be fully known. The kingdom of nature is full of marvels. The fourth is a mystery of iniquity; the cursed arts by which a vile seducer gains the affections of a female; and the arts which a vile woman uses to conceal her wickedness. 21-23 Four sorts of persons are very troublesome. Men of low origin and base spirit, who, getting authority, become tyrants. Foolish and violent men indulging in excesses. A woman of a contentious spirit and vicious habits. A servant who has obtained undue influence. Let those whom Providence has advanced from low beginnings, carefully watch against that sin which most easily besets them.
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