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Proverbs 14:31

He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker: but he that honors him has mercy on the poor.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Him. God takes the poor under his special protection, (Matthew xxv. 40.) and is the distributor of all riches. What would the rich do without the poor? (Calmet)

John Chrysostom

AD 407
“He who slanders the poor irritates his own Maker.” Here there are two sins: slander and opposition to the poor. Why does he irritate his Maker? His Maker certainly made him and made it easy for him to be subjected to a tongue of a slanderer. “He who really honors God has pity upon the needy.” If God made the poor, why must the poor be pitied? Certainly I heard many saying: Is there any need to pity the poor man whom God would have not made poor if he loved him? How long will we play with our salvation? How long will we laugh at things in which the one who is wicked and loaded with countless sins should tremble and fear and be terrified? Tell me then whom God did favor: did he favor either Lazarus or the rich man? This is what ruins us, the fact that we easily slip into [bad] jokes. Commentary on the Proverbs of Solomon, Fragment ...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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