Proverbs 29:13

13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.

Proverbs 29:13 in Other Translations

KJV
13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
ESV
13 The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
NLT
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common— the LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.
MSG
13 The poor and their abusers have at least something in common: they can both see - their sight, God's gift!
CSB
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common: the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

Proverbs 29:13 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 29:13

The poor and the deceitful man meet together
Or "the usurer" F17; who by usury, by fraud and deception, is possessed of the mammon of unrighteousness, and is become rich; he and the poor man meet together; and so the sense is the same as in ( Proverbs 22:2 ) ; (See Gill on Proverbs 22:2); the Lord lighteneth both their eyes;
with the light of natural life, and with the light of natural reason, ( John 1:4 John 1:9 ) ; and so is the same as being "the Maker of them all", in the above place; or he bestows his providential favours on both; causes his sun to shine upon the rich and poor, the wicked and the righteous, ( Matthew 5:45 ) . Or it may be understood of the light of grace; for though, for the most part, God chooses and calls the poor of the world, and lightens their eyes with the light of his grace, when not many wise and noble are called and enlightened; yet this is not restrained wholly to men of one and the same condition of life; yea, God sometimes calls and enlightens publicans, tax gatherers, and extortioners, as Matthew and Zacchaeus.


FOOTNOTES:

F17 (Mybkt vya) "vir usurarum", Mercerus; "foenerator", Piscator, Tigurine version; "usurarius", Munster.

Proverbs 29:13 In-Context

11 Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will be established forever.
15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Proverbs 22:2; Matthew 5:45