Proverbs 22:2


King James Version (KJV)

The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

American King James Version (AKJV)

The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

American Standard Version (ASV)

The rich and the poor meet together: Jehovah is the maker of them all.

Basic English Translation (BBE)

The man of wealth and the poor man come face to face: the Lord is the maker of them all.

Webster's Revision

The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

World English Bible

The rich and the poor have this in common: Yahweh is the maker of them all.

English Revised Version (ERV)

The rich and the poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

Definitions for Proverbs 22:2

Meet - Agreeable; fit; proper.

Clarke's Proverbs 22:2 Bible Commentary

The rich and poor meet together - עשיר ashir the opulent, whether in money, land, or property; רש rash, the man that is destitute of these, and lives by his labor, whether a handicraftsman, or one that tills the ground. In the order of God, the rich and the poor live together, and are mutually helpful to each other. Without the poor, the rich could not be supplied with the articles which they consume; for the poor include all the laboring classes of society: and without the rich, the poor could get no vent for the produce of their laborer, nor, in many cases, labor itself. The poor have more time to labor than the mere necessaries of life require; their extra time is employed in providing a multitude of things which are called the superfluities of life, and which the rich especially consume. All the poor man's time is thus employed; and he is paid for his extra labor by the rich. The rich should not despise the poor, without whom he can neither have his comforts, nor maintain his state. The poor should not envy the rich, without whom he could neither get employment, nor the necessaries of life.

The Lord is the Maker of them all - Both the states are in the order of God's providence and both are equally important in his sight. Merely considered as men, God loves the simple artificer or laborer as much as he does the king; though the office of the latter, because of its entering into the plan of his government of the world, is of infinitely greatly consequence than the trade of the poor artificer. Neither should despise the other; neither should envy the other. Both are useful; both important; both absolutely necessary to each other's welfare and support; and both are accountable to God for the manner in which they acquit themselves in those duties of life which God has respectively assigned them. The abject poor - those who are destitute of health and the means of life - God in effect lays at the rich man's door, that by his superfluities they may be supported. How wise is that ordinance which has made the rich and the poor! Pity it were not better understood!

Barnes's Proverbs 22:2 Bible Commentary

Compare the margin reference. Another recognition of the oneness of a common humanity, overriding all distinctions of rank.

Wesley's Proverbs 22:2 Bible Commentary

22:2 Meet - They live together, and need one another. The maker - Not only as they are men, but as they are poor or rich, which difference comes from God's providence. They have one common creator, and Lord, and judge, and the one cannot despise nor grudge at the other without reflecting upon God.

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