Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

The poor man utters supplications,
But the rich man answers roughly.

King James Version

The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

Holman Bible

The poor man pleads,
but the rich one answers roughly.

International Standard Version

The poor person pleads for mercy, but the wealthy man responds harshly.

A Conservative Version

A poor man uses entreaties, but a rich man answers roughly.

American Standard Version

The poor useth entreaties; But the rich answereth roughly.


The poor man pleads,
But the rich man answers roughly.

Bible in Basic English

The poor man makes requests for grace, but the man of wealth gives a rough answer.

Darby Translation

He that is poor speaketh with supplications, but the rich answereth roughly.

Julia Smith Translation

The poor one will speak supplications; and the rich one will answer with vehemence.

King James 2000

The poor uses entreaties; but the rich answers roughly.

Lexham Expanded Bible

The poor may speak entreaties, but the rich will answer roughly.

Modern King James verseion

The poor speaks humble requests, but the rich answers roughly.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

The poor maketh supplication and prayeth meekly; but the rich giveth a rough answer.

NET Bible

A poor person makes supplications, but a rich man answers harshly.

New Heart English Bible

The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.

The Emphasized Bible

Supplications, doth the poor man utter, but, the rich, answereth fiercely.


The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

World English Bible

The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.

Youngs Literal Translation

With supplications doth the poor speak, And the rich answereth fierce things.


Root Form
Usage: 24

Usage: 1142

תּחנוּנה תּחנוּן 
Usage: 18

but the rich
Usage: 23

Usage: 329

Verse Info

Context Readings

How To Avoid Fools And Foolishness

22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing
And obtains favor from the Lord.
23 The poor man utters supplications,
But the rich man answers roughly.
24 A man of too many friends comes to ruin,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Cross References

James 2:3

and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,”

Genesis 42:7

When Joseph saw his brothers he recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, “Where have you come from?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.”

Genesis 42:30

“The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly with us, and took us for spies of the country.

Exodus 5:2

But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go.”

Ruth 2:7

And she said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ Thus she came and has remained from the morning until now; she has been sitting in the house for a little while.”

1 Samuel 2:36

Everyone who is left in your house will come and bow down to him for a piece of silver or a loaf of bread and say, “Please assign me to one of the priest’s offices so that I may eat a piece of bread.”’”

1 Samuel 25:10

But Nabal answered David’s servants and said, “Who is David? And who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants today who are each breaking away from his master.

1 Samuel 25:17

Now therefore, know and consider what you should do, for evil is plotted against our master and against all his household; and he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him.”

2 Kings 4:1-2

Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.”

Isaiah 66:2

“For My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord.
“But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

Matthew 5:3

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

James 1:9-11

But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position;

James 2:6

But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court?

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