Proverbs 22:16

“Hee that oppresseth the poore to increase his riches, and he that giueth to the rich, shall surely come to want.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

He that oppresseth the poor to increase his [riches, and] he that giveth to the rich, [shall] surely [come] to want.
- King James Version

He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, {will} only {come to} poverty.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that oppresseth the poor to increase his `gain', `And' he that giveth to the rich, `shall come' only to want.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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.
- Basic English Bible

He that oppresseth the poor, it is to enrich him; he that giveth to the rich, [bringeth] only to want.
- Darby Bible

He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
- Webster's Bible

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

He is oppressing the poor to multiply to him, He is giving to the rich -- only to want.
- Youngs Literal Bible

One may oppress the poor, yet will their gain increase; one may give to the rich, yet will want come.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 22:16


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


Discussion for Proverbs 22

  • Unknown
    I believe in balance. For JESUS came that we have life and live to the full not destitute or a vagabond. But not materialistic or greedy with our wealth. I believe we should understand that money in good hands is a good thing but in greedy selfish ways is bad. So we should always live in our means and strive for better living and to help others who are hurting like your neighbors!
  • BSP
    Verse 17 encourages us to listen to the words of wise ones. The Bible is the major source of wisdom that we can turn to.
  • Barbsra
    Very good can't wait for tomorrow ty
  • BSP
    Children need parental guidance and discipline. The child still has free will and will ultimately have to decide what he or she will do, but they are more likely to follow the direction given from their parents if it is done so consistently and with love.
  • Vanessa
    Humble I pray for your son too, I know how hard it is with children you can lead them, and show them,but until they see for themselves, we pray to our Father and Lord to intercede. it's rough times , they are told they can do and be anything and it's ok, breaks my heart , how blind they live, I pray to God always to open their eyes for I have failed.
  • BSP
    Verse 4: There are many rewards from God for the person who is humble and fears him.

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