Proverbs 14:20

20 A poor person is hated even by his neighbor, but a rich person is loved by many.

Proverbs 14:20 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 14:20

The poor is hated even of his own neighbour
As well as of strangers; that is, he is shy of him; he does not care to take any notice of him, or be friendly with him, lest he should be burdensome to him. Poverty brings a man into contempt and disgrace; the same man, in affluence and indigence, is respected or disrespected: this is true, as Gersom observes, of a man that is poor, whether in money or in knowledge, in his purse or in his understanding; but the rich [hath] many friends;
or, "many [are] the lovers of the rich" F18: for the sake of their riches; either for the sake of honour or profit, or because the rich want nothing of them, or because they themselves may gain something by them: this also is observed by the above Jewish commentator to be true of the rich in substance or in wisdom; but the former sense is best; for a wise man, if poor in the world, is but little regarded.


FOOTNOTES:

F18 (Mybr ryve ybhaw) "et amatores divitiis spissi", Schultens; "dilectores autem divitis multi sunt", Piscator. "Donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos", Ovid. Trist. Eleg. 8. "Dat census honores, census amicitias", ib. Fasti, l. 1. so Phocylides, v. 925, 926.

Proverbs 14:20 In-Context

18 Gullible people are gifted with stupidity, but sensible people are crowned with knowledge.
19 Evil people will bow to good people. Wicked people will bow at the gates of a righteous person.
20 A poor person is hated even by his neighbor, but a rich person is loved by many.
21 Whoever despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is the one who is kind to humble people.
22 Don't those who stray plan what is evil, while those who are merciful and faithful plan what is good?