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Proverbs 13:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The ransom of a man's life is his riches; But the poor heareth no threatening.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The ransom of a man's life [are] his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, But the poor hears no rebuke.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The ransom of a man's life [is] his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The ransom of a man's life is his riches; but the indigent heareth not rebuke.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The ransom of a man's life, is his wealth, but, the poor, heareth not rebuke.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The ransom of a man's life [are] his riches, And the poor hath not heard rebuke.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but he that is poor, beareth not reprehension.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The ransome of a mans life [are] his riches: but the poore heareth not rebuke.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A man's own wealth is the ransom of his life: but the poor endures not threatening.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The ransom of a man's life [are] his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The ransom 3724
{3724} Prime
From H3722; properly a cover, that is, (literally) a village (as covered in); (specifically) bitumen (as used for coating), and the henna plant (as used for dyeing); figuratively a redemption price.
of a man's 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
life 5315
{5315} Prime
From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental).
[are] his riches: 6239
{6239} Prime
From H6238; wealth.
but the poor 7326
{7326} Prime
A primitive root; to be destitute.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
heareth 8085
{8085} Prime
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
rebuke. 1606
{1606} Prime
From H1605; a chiding.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 13:8

_ _ Riches save some from punishment, while others suffer because they will not heed the rebuke of sloth, which makes and keeps them poor.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 13:8

_ _ We are apt to judge of men's blessedness, at least in this world, by their wealth, and that they are more or less happy accordingly as they have more or less of this world's goods; but Solomon here shows what a gross mistake it is, that we may be reconciled to a poor condition, and may neither covet riches ourselves nor envy those that have abundance. 1. Those that are rich, if by some they are respected for their riches, yet, to balance that, by others they are envied and struck at, and brought in danger of their lives, which therefore they are forced to ransom with their riches. Slay us not, for we have treasures in the field, Jeremiah 41:8. Under some tyrants, it has been crime enough to be rich; and how little is a man beholden to his wealth when it only serves to redeem that life which otherwise would not have been exposed! 2. Those that are poor, if by some, that should be their friends, they are despised and overlooked, yet, to balance that, they are also despised and overlooked by others that would be their enemies if they had any thing to lose: The poor hear not rebuke, are not censured, reproached, accused, nor brought into trouble, as the rich are; for nobody thinks it worth while to take notice of them. When the rich Jews were carried captives to Babylon the poor of the land were left, 2 Kings 25:12. Welcome nothing, once in seven years. Cantabit vacuus coram latrone viatorWhen a traveller is met by a robber he will rejoice at not having much property about him.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 13:8

Riches — Riches enable a man to redeem his life when it is in greatest danger, and poverty preserves a man from many injuries. Because they are cautious, that they may not provoke others; and because they are esteemed objects of pity.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 13:8

The ransom of a man's life [is] his riches: but the poor (c) heareth not rebuke.

(c) For his poverty, he is not able to escape the threatenings, which the cruel oppressors use against him.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 6:35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
Exodus 21:30 If there be laid on him a sum of money, then he shall give for the ransom of his life whatsoever is laid upon him.
Job 2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
Psalms 49:6-10 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; ... For he seeth [that] wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
Jeremiah 41:8 But ten men were found among them that said unto Ishmael, Slay us not: for we have treasures in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he forbare, and slew them not among their brethren.
Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers; ... But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

the poor:

2 Kings 24:14 And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, [even] ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort of the people of the land.
2 Kings 25:12 But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land [to be] vinedressers and husbandmen.
Jeremiah 39:10 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people, which had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time.
Zephaniah 3:12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
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Ex 21:30. 2K 24:14; 25:12. Jb 2:4. Ps 49:6. Pv 6:35. Jr 39:10; 41:8. Zp 3:12. Mt 16:26. 1P 1:18.

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