Proverbs 14:21

21 It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.

Proverbs 14:21 in Other Translations

KJV
21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
ESV
21 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
NLT
21 It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor.
MSG
21 It's criminal to ignore a neighbor in need, but compassion for the poor - what a blessing!
CSB
21 The one who despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.

Proverbs 14:21 In-Context

19 Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.
21 It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.
22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.
23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Proverbs 11:12
  • 2. Psalms 41:1; Proverbs 19:17
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