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Proverbs 14:31 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
31 He who oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who shows compassion to the poor honors him.
He who oppresses a poor man insults his Maker: The Hebrew word (עָשַׁק ashaq) rendered oppresses is referring to the one who has any kind of power or author and abuses to dominate those with little or no power and authority. The oppressor is treating a poor, underprivileged person unjustly, which causes the poor one to suffer ill treatment. Insults (חָרַף charaph) here means bringing reproach on the Maker (עָשָׂה asah), which is a reference to God, the Creator.
but he who shows compassion to the poor honors him: compassion (חָנַן chanan) to the poor (אֶבְיוֹן ebyon) means to be merciful or to show kindness to the poor, to be caring, helpful, or considerate, and generous if it is within our power. Honors (כָּבַד kabad) him is talking about honoring God, and respecting Him.
It is remarkable to think that the Creator of all things is very deeply concerned about the poor. So much so, that he feels disrespected and offended for and injustices done to them. The man who decides to oppress the poor needs to realize the Creator of that poor person takes this oppression personally, as though it happened to him. All humans have one Father, one Maker, Jehovah God. Briefly, it must be mentioned that while God is the Maker of him, he did not make him poor. It is unforeseen life difficulties (things outside our control) and our life decisions (things in our control) that contribute to one being poor. This comes about because of our inherited sin and human imperfection from Adam. On the other hand, the man who shows compassion to the poor honors God personally. In the end, this man who is merciful or shows kindness to the poor, God will evidence how pleased he is with such a man.
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