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Proverbs 19:7

    Proverbs 19:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    All the brothers of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursues them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    All the brethren of the poor do hate him: How much more do his friends go far from him! He pursueth them with words, but they are gone.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    All the brothers of the poor man are against him: how much more do his friends go far from him! ...

    Webster's Revision

    All the brethren of the poor do hate him: How much more do his friends go far from him! He pursueth them with words, but they are gone.

    World English Bible

    All the relatives of the poor shun him: how much more do his friends avoid him! He pursues them with pleas, but they are gone.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him! he pursueth them with words, but they are gone.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 19:7

    Do hate him - They shun him as they do the person they hate. They neither hate him positively, nor love him: they disregard him; they will have nothing to do with him. שנא sana signifies not only to hate, but to show a less degree of love to one than another. So Jacob loved Rachel, but hated Leah - showed her less affection than he did to Rachel.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 19:7

    It seems best to follow the Vulgate in taking the last clause as a separate maxim, He who pursues words, nought are they; i. e., the fair speeches and promises of help come to nothing. A various reading in the Hebrew gives, "he pursues after words, and these he shall have" - i. e., these, and nothing else.

    This and other like maxims do not in reality cast scorn and shame on a state which Christ has pronounced "blessed." Side by side with them is Proverbs 19:1, setting forth the honor of an upright poverty. But as there is an honorable poverty, so there is one which is altogether inglorious, caused by sloth and folly, leading to shame and ignominy, and it is well that the man who wishes to live rightly should avoid this. The teaching of Christ is, of course, higher than that of the Book of Proverbs, being based upon a fuller revelation of the divine will, pointing to a higher end and a nobler standard of duty, and transcending the common motives and common facts of life.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 19:7

    19:7 Brethren - His nearest relations. Hate - Despise and shun him. Pursueth - Earnestly imploring their pity.