Proverbs 22:16

16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

Read Proverbs 22:16 Using Other Translations

He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.

What does Proverbs 22:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 22:16

He that oppresseth the poor to increase his [riches]
By taking away from them the little they have; by keeping back their hire, defrauding them of the just wages of their labours; or by usury and extortion, or any other unjust method, whereby they distress the poor, and enrich themselves; [and] he that giveth to the rich [shall] surely [come] to want:
that gives to those that are richer than he; or that are in greater power and authority, that they may protect him in the possession of his ill gotten riches; yet, after all, it shall not thrive and prosper with him, it will all issue in poverty and want: or, as the Vulgate Latin version renders it, "he shall give to one more rich, and shall want"; he shall be forced to give it to another richer than he, and of greater power, and so shall get nothing by his oppression of the poor; but as he has served the poor, so shall he be served himself, and be brought to beggary and want; see ( Proverbs 21:13 ) .

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