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Proverbs 21:13

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21:13 The one who shuts his ears 1  to the cry 2  of the poor,

he too will cry out and will not be answered. 3 

1 sn The imagery means “pay no attention to” the cry for help or “refuse to help,” so it is a metonymy of cause for the effect.

2 sn “Cry” here would be a metonymy of effect for the cause, the cause being the great needs of the poor.

3 sn The proverb is teaching that those who show mercy will receive mercy. It involves the principle of talionic justice – those who refuse the needs of others will themselves be refused when they need help (so Luke 16:19-31).



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