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Proverbs 17:5

Context
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The one who mocks the poor 1  insults 2  his Creator; whoever rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished.

XREF

Job 31:29; Ps 69:9; Pr 14:21,31; Pr 16:5; Pr 24:17,18; Jer 17:16; Ob 1:11-13,16; Ro 12:15; 1Jo 3:17

NET © Notes

sn The parallelism helps define the subject matter: The one who “mocks the poor” (NAB, NASB, NIV) is probably one who “rejoices [NIV gloats] over disaster.” The poverty is hereby explained as a disaster that came to some. The topic of the parable is the person who mocks others by making fun of their misfortune.

sn The Hebrew word translated “insults” (חֵרֵף, kheref) means “reproach; taunt” (as with a cutting taunt); it describes words that show contempt for or insult God. The idea of reproaching the Creator may be mistaking and blaming God’s providential control of the world (C. H. Toy, Proverbs [ICC], 337). W. G. Plaut, however, suggests that mocking the poor means holding up their poverty as a personal failure and thus offending their dignity and their divine nature (Proverbs, 187).



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