Proverbs 22:7

“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The rich ruleth ouer the poore, and the borrower is seruant to the lender.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower {becomes} the lender's slave.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The rich ruleth over the poor; And the borrower is servant to the lender.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The man of wealth has rule over the poor, and he who gets into debt is a servant to his creditor.
- Basic English Bible

The rich ruleth over the poor; and the borrower is servant to the lender.
- Darby Bible

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
- Webster's Bible

The rich rule over the poor. The borrower is servant to the lender.
- World English Bible

The rich over the poor ruleth, And a servant [is] the borrower to the lender.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 22:7


22:7 Is servant - Is at his mercy, and forced to comply with his pleasure.


Discussion for Proverbs 22

  • Humble warrior goddess
    This knowledge is very much needed for me. Makes me think about alot of things. I wish my son could'hve understood the part about keeping guard over the influences we encounter. He is now incarcerated for making a bad decision and before he knew or met certain people, he was a good kid. Praying he doesnt have to do to much time. He's only 21
  • BSP
    Verse 6 shows that parents need to train children with Bible principles.
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 22:6 TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO AND WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT 22:15 FOOLISHNESS IS BOUND IN THE HEART OF A CHILD BUT THE ROD OF CORRECTION SHALL DRIVE IT FAR FROM HIM DEUTERONOMY 29:29 THE SECRET THINGS BELONG TO THE LORD OUR GOD BUT THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE REVEALED BELONG UNTO US AND TO --- OUR CHILDREN --- FOREVER THAT WE MAY DO ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LAW
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 22:20 HAVE NOT I WRITTEN TO THEE EXCELLENT THINGS IN COUNSEL AND KNOWLEDGE 22:21 THAT I MIGHT MAKE THEE KNOW THE CERTAINTY OF THE WORDS OF TRUTH --- THAT THOU MIGHTEST ANSWER THE WORDS OF TRUTH --- TO THEM THAT SEND UNTO THEE*****2 THESSALONIANS 2:10 AND WITH ALL DECEIVEABLENESS OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IN THEM THAT PERISH BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED
  • A disciple
    Mimi; This Proverb has to do with keeping guard over what kind of influences we will encounter, so not to let a bad character or behavior rub off on us. This is not really the case when someone is abusive or violent toward us; but for in a social setting, as of among friends and coworkers, etc. If someone is hurting you, you have to get away from that person to a safe place, and get help quickly!
  • Mr. Smith
    Mimi. The verse is saying literally, "don't be like" the angry/furious man or you might learn to be the same way. "Make no friendship with" is saying, "don't show that you approve" of the behavior. You can take authority over the spirit of anger in Jesus name. Also pray in the spirit (Rom 8:26-27). If there is physical abuse, get out and get help. You're not to be a door mat or punching bag.

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