Proverbs 14:31

“He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee that oppresseth the poore, reprocheth his Maker: but hee that honoureth him, hath mercy on the poore.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker; But he that hath mercy on the needy honoreth him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He who is hard on the poor puts shame on his Maker; but he who has mercy on those who are in need gives him honour.
- Basic English Bible

He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker; but he that honoureth Him is gracious to the needy.
- Darby Bible

He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoreth him hath mercy on the poor.
- Webster's Bible

He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy honors him.
- World English Bible

An oppressor of the poor reproacheth his Maker, And whoso is honouring Him Is favouring the needy.
- Youngs Literal Bible

He that oppresseth the poor blasphemeth his Maker; but he that is gracious unto the needy honoureth Him.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 14:31


14:31 His maker - Whose image the poor man bears, by whose providence he is made poor, and who hath declared himself to be their protector and avenger.


Discussion for Proverbs 14

  • Jerry
    "The backslider in heart..." for all have sinned...you won't "QUIT" sinning til the day you die! So in this sense, we all backslid to a certain extend! But we shouldn't stay here in a backslidden condition too long... we should just confess our sins and get right with the Lord.
  • Mr. Smith
    vs 14: "Backslider", better rendered, "hypocrite, deceiver, pretender", may say the right things to appear to be something he isn't, is ruled by the senses, therefore will reap what is truly inside produced by his own wicked imagination. The "good man", ie. the person ruled by the Holy Spirit, will bring forth the good things which his own imagination produces. Matt.12:35
  • Steve
    We are living in the Church age so we are saved by Paul's Gospel 1Corinthians 15: 1-4 The old testament saints were not saved the same way we are because JESUS had not died yet. When they died they went to Abrahams bosom because they could not go to heaven yet because the blood of bulls and goats could not pay for their sin. It was not until JESUS died on the cross that all our sin was paid
  • Irene123
    To Brianna - I really liked that - don't believe everything one hears about God and His Word, but search it out - Jn. 5:39; Acts 17:11. Something else interesting here: Jesus wasn't talking about the N.T. scriptures because they weren't written then; He referred to the O.T. Jesus and salvation are all thru the Old; that's what the old was all about.
  • Brianna
    Vs. 15
    The practical wisdom found in the Bible truly surpasses human thinking. This verse can be applied to so many aspects of our lives. There are so many religions and teachings, and sometimes people never research. However, this verse tells us not to believe everything we hear. Rather, THINK and research to make sure it is true.
  • Phakamani Ngema for verse 12
    This verse is based on Christians decision making, there are decisions a man does he she may think it is good but at the end he she will find hm self in danger.

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