Proverbs 22:9

9 The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

Read Proverbs 22:9 Using Other Translations

He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.

What does Proverbs 22:9 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 22:9

He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed
Or "a good eye" F25; who looks about him for proper objects to do good unto; looks pleasantly on them, and deals out cheerfully and bountifully to them; he shall be blessed with an increase of temporal good things, with spiritual blessings, and with eternal glory and happiness; when he does what he does from principles of grace, with a view to the glory of God, not depending on what he does, but upon the grace of God, and the righteousness of Christ; for he giveth of his bread to the poor;
what is his own and a part of it; not all, for he reserves some as he ought for himself and his; but he does not eat his morsel alone, he gives of it to the necessitous; his beneficent hand is a proof of his bountiful eye and liberal heart.


F25 (Nye bwj) "bonus oculus", Montanus, Vatablus, Cocceius; "bonus oculo", Junilus & Tremellius, Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis, Schultens.
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