Proverbs 22:7

7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.

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Proverbs 22:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
ESV
7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
NLT
7 Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.
MSG
7 The poor are always ruled over by the rich, so don't borrow and put yourself under their power.
CSB
7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave to the lender.

Proverbs 22:7 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 22:7

The rich ruleth over the poor
Usurps a dominion over them, and exercises it in a rigorous, oppressive, and tyrannical manner; otherwise they are generally the rich that rule, and if they rule well, in a lawful, gentle, and righteous manner, it is commendable; and the borrower [is] servant to the lender;
being under obligation to him, he is forced to be subject to him, and comply with his humours, and do and say as he would have him; it was a happiness promised to the Israelites, that they should lend to many nations, but not borrow, ( Deuteronomy 15:6 ) ; compare with this ( Nehemiah 5:4 Nehemiah 5:5 ) .

Proverbs 22:7 In-Context

5 In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
9 The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
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