Proverbs 22:16

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee that oppresseth the poore to increase his riches, and he that giueth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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 22:16

  • This can be said of the United States Republican Congress. I thank the Lord that he will
    deal with those who oppress the poor and give to the rich.
    God is good!

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