Proverbs 22 :16

Proverbs 22 :16 Translations

American King James Version (AKJV)

He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he that gives to the rich, shall surely come to want.

King James Version (KJV)

He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he that gives to the rich, shall surely come to want.

American Standard Version (ASV)

He that oppresseth the poor to increase his gain , And he that giveth to the rich,'shall come only to want.

Basic English Translation (BBE)

He who is cruel to the poor for the purpose of increasing his profit, and he who gives to the man of wealth, will only come to be in need.

Webster's Revision

He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

World English Bible

Whoever oppresses the poor for his own increase and whoever gives to the rich, both come to poverty.

English Revised Version (ERV)

He that oppresseth the poor to increase his gain, and he that giveth to the rich, cometh only to want.

Definitions for Proverbs 22 :16

Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 22 :16

He that oppresseth the poor - He who, in order to obtain the favor of the rich and great, either robs or cheats the poor, to make those men presents; or gives in presents to them, for the sake of honor and reputation, what he should have given to the poor, shall surely come to want.

Barnes' Commentary on Proverbs 22 :16

Better, He who oppresses the poor for his own profit gives. (i. e., will, in the common course of things, be compelled to give) to a rich man, and that only to his own loss. Ill-gotten gains do not prosper, and only expose the oppressor to extortion and violence in his turn.

Wesley's Commentary on Proverbs 22 :16

22:16 That giveth - That prodigally casts away his estate upon those who do not need it.
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