Proverbs 22:16

NET ©

The one who oppresses the poor to increase his own gain and the one who gives to the rich – both end up only in poverty.

NIV ©

He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

NASB ©

He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

NLT ©

A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.

MSG ©

Exploit the poor or glad-hand the rich--whichever, you'll end up the poorer for it.

BBE ©

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.

NRSV ©

Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss.

NKJV ©

He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.

KJV
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NET © [draft] ITL
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NET © Notes

tn Heb “oppressing the poor, it is gain; giving to the rich, it is loss.” The Hebrew is cryptic, but two sins are mentioned here that will be punished by poverty: extortion and bribery. Perhaps the proverb is simply saying it is easy to oppress the poor for gain, but it is a waste of money to try to buy or bribe a patron (D. Kidner, Proverbs [TOTC], 149).