Proverbs 22:7

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

Read Proverbs 22:7 Using Other Translations

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.

What does Proverbs 22:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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 ) .

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