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Proverbs 28:3

    Proverbs 28:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    A needy man that oppresseth the poor Is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    A man of wealth who is cruel to the poor is like a violent rain causing destruction of food.

    Webster's Revision

    A needy man that oppresseth the poor Is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

    World English Bible

    A needy man who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain which leaves no crops.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A needy man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 28:3

    A poor man that oppresseth the poor - Our Lord illustrates this proverb most beautifully, by the parable of the two debtors, Matthew 18:23. One owed ten thousand talents, was insolvent, begged for time, was forgiven. A fellow servant owed this one a hundred pence: he was insolvent; but prayed his fellow servant to give him a little time, and he would pay it all. He would not, took him by the throat, and cast him into prison till he should pay that debt. Here the poor oppressed the poor; and what was the consequence? The oppressing poor was delivered to the tormentors; and the forgiven debt charged to his amount, because he showed no mercy. The comparatively poor are often shockingly uncharitable and unfeeling towards the real poor.

    Like a sweeping rain - These are frequent in the East; and sometimes carry flocks, crops, and houses, away with them.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 28:3

    People raise a man of the people, poor like themselves, to power. They find him the worst oppressor of all, plundering them to their last morsels, like the storm-rain which sweeps off the seed-corn instead of bringing fertility.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 28:3

    28:3 It like - Is like a violent rain or flood, which washes away the very seeds in the earth. He is the worst of all oppressors.