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Proverbs 22:16

Context
NETBible

The one who oppresses the poor to increase his own gain and the one who gives to the rich 1  – both end up only in poverty.

XREF

Job 20:19-29; Ps 12:5; Pr 14:31; Pr 22:22,23; Pr 28:3; Mic 2:2,3; Zec 7:9-14; Lu 6:33-35; Lu 14:12-14; Lu 16:24; Jas 2:13; Jas 5:1-5

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).



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